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Hurricane Katrina alone would not have flooded New Orleans. Rather the flooding was made possible by years of lobbying efforts that left the Louisiana Coast severely damaged and otherwise unfortunately modified by the Oil and Gas Industry.
So instead of not only leaving intact Coastal Prairies and Cypress swamps that would have dissipated Katrina’s ocean swell long before reaching New Orleans (these swamps and prairies were destroyed because they had oil under them) the oil and gas industry proceeded to make the potential for flooding New Orleans even worse by further paying off government officials to construct two channels - Gulf Intercoastal Waterway and Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet - that acted to concentrate and guide ocean swells directly to New Orleans. (the oil tankers needed a quick and cheap route to the refineries)
It was a double whammy and Nature took the blame.
Who killed the Coastal Prairies, Cypress Swamps, and benefited from the Channels? Haliburton, Shaw, Bechtel, Exxon (responsible for destroying at least 2.1 million acres of natural Coastal Prairie and Cypress Swamps) Chevron Texaco (destroying at least 2.7 million acres), ConocoPhilips (3.3 million acres), Shell Oil (1.3 million acres of buffer destroyed) and of course BP (having destroyed at least 0.2 million acres). Now, if you really wanna BARF look up the appointments and other affiliations these firms have within the Obama administration!
So now along comes the Keystone Pipeline….?!
Sorry folks, but nationalization of the oil and gas industry is way WAY past due!
Special Thanks to Greg Palast’s Book “Vultures’ Picnic” by Penguin Publishing.