Tuesday, September 06, 2005

More on Rebuilding New Orleans

Porkopolis: Rants on Pork Barrel Spending: Discussions on alternatives to rebuilding New Orleans Does it make sense to spend billions of taxpayer dollars to rebuild New Orleans, and the sit around waiting for this to happen again?

Someone (on a previous post of mine) left a comment about Holland. A large part of Holland is below sea level, yet the Dutch are willing to spend the money to defend themselves from the sea. "God made the world, but the Dutch made Holland," is an old saying.

Holland, however, does not have to contend with Category 3, 4 and 5 hurricanes. That changes the nature of the defenses that they have to build. I am not convinced that we can build defenses against a category 4 or larger storm. I am less convinced that we should even try, because if we try and we fail, we condemn the people of New Orleans to live through this all over again. Remember that New Orleans - thanks in part to the levee system - is continuing to sink. The delta is shrinking, the problem gets harder to fix every year.

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