This fine piece in In These Times reminds us how instrumental Federal policies on homeownership and road construction were in killing Detroit, and gives the lie to those who want to blame the city’s bankruptcy on corrupt leadership–specifically, corrupt Black leadership. Certainly there were, and are, Black leaders whose personal weaknesses interfere with the progress […]
Archive for the ‘Disasters’ Category
The precautions against superstorm Sandy worked because the US government FEMA listened to a European computer forecast, not its own.
John Boehner has committed the house majority to accept new revenues under the “right conditions”. The California legislature has a 2/3 D majority in both houses, which means it can actually raise taxes, and the CA electorate that pulled the legs out from under its government a third of a century ago voted to increase […]
Think about how much worse Sandy could have been without NASA and NOAA. Like FEMA, they’re all “discretionary non-defense spending,” and they’d all take huge hits under the Ryan budget.
… and no anti-government conservatives in hurricanes.” – Alex Wagner
Nytimes.com features dozens of fabulous pictures today. I especially like the one by Michael Kirby showing several police officers rescuing three-year-old Haley Rombi from dangerous flood waters. When natural disaster strikes, we need people to have our backs. As individuals, each of us is utterly vulnerable to many forces larger than ourselves. Acting together, we can protect each other against many of […]
Confirmation that solar grid parity has arrived in Germany, and what it means.
Word today that President Obama has indicated his support for a Senate bill to reform and extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Here is WSJ coverage of the proposed changes, which would reduce subsidy for second homes, commercial property, and homes with a history of flooding, reducing the cost of the program by $4.7 […]
…tens of thousands of children have died from the ongoing drought, and in fact, even though conditions have gotten worse, most of the international media has moved on to other things. One who has not is the New York Times’ Jeffrey Gettleman, whose report two days ago from the ground was horrifying. And westerners appear to […]