By Mark Neckameyer
September 02, 2005
President Bush along with local and state Louisiana governments
have been blasted in the press over the handling of hurricane
Katrina relief and as well as pre-existing high gasoline
prices made even worse by the hurricane. Much of this criticism
is blatantly unfair and more than a little of it is obviously
First the energy and gasoline issue; Energy demands have
skyrocketed of late as China, India and the rest of Asia joined
the modern world and started driving cars and using power in
factories, cities, etc. The populations there account for
half the people who live in the entire world! We have oil
reserves ourselves but we are not allowed to access them,
We can't drill in Alaska because caribou might be bothered,
can't drill off the Pacific U.S. coast because surfers might
not approve, etc. So called environmentalists, mostly Liberal
Democrats and individuals even further to the left of our political
spectrum have successfully fought oil drilling and exploration
through the courts and in the legislatures ... have fought tooth
and nail. At he same time their "Green", environments
kin have stopped the building of oil refineries to the point
that there has not been a new one built anywhere in the U.S.
in almost three decades. Many European nations use
nuclear power to generate electricity thereby saving oil
for other uses but we can't. Environmentalists don't approve
even though nuclear power is safe and clean. Our energy
crisis can be laid right at the feet of our liberal politicians,
judges and their supporters.
Next, the hurricane; people have some responsibility for
where they live. Citizens of Seattle like the current residents
of Naples, built near the ruins of Pompeii, must know
that some day MT Ranier and MT. Vesuvius will erupt again and
their cities will be destroyed. They are hopefully consciously
taking chances. They are assuming risk. The residents
of San Francisco and Los Angeles too are assuming the risk that
major earthquakes will put their lives at risk sooner or later.
A few days before Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, everyone
was warned to leave. Those that chose to stay are at fault
for their own woes just like smokers knowingly assume the risk
of lung cancer or motorcyclists who forsake helmets are responsible
for their own scrambled brains in case of accidents.
The hurricane stopped blowing in Louisiana on Tuesday.
The dykes that protected New Orleans, obviously inadequate for
years, gushed though today, Friday. The highways and bridges
are down and even the rivers are blocked. Power and phone
lines have been destroyed yet already the National Guard has
been called and is on the scene, millions of meals ready
to eat have been delivered and Federal troops have arrived.
The President himself has been there twice and the people who
failed to leave when warned have mostly been evacuated to Texas
and elsewhere. Conditions would clearly be better
if New Orleans was not populated by gangs of thugs and looters
who shot up aid convoys and rescue helicopters. What ever
happened to old warning that "looters will be shot on sight"!?
Except for stationing massive numbers of troops and supplies
in every city that might be at risk, what could our government
have done? Aren't individuals ultimately responsible for
Irvine, CA - USA
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