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09:59 PM on 01/13/2012
I can't believe it took this long for someone to verbally have an idea on how to fix it never-mind the motive behind the reason to fix it. This should have been done a long time ago. everyone knew this was going to happen
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doodlebug2
08:58 PM on 01/13/2012
this article fails to mention something gigantic.
The Mississippi River is a water highwway, ever see what moves up and down it from Sothwest Pass to Baton Rouge? A big part of our economy, grain from MN to LA to be shipped to China, Iron Ore to make steel, coal, minerals, oil products.

They are fooling you to tell you it is for the enviroment and to save people or land.
The Levees allow ships to travel this waterway and the commerce it brings.
I am on the thing on a ship all the time. That is the 50 million spent. It is for commerce.
Just like we put zillions into roads so trucks can carry stuff. we put scillions into this water highway and we will do it until we become extinct.
Tell me how these items will move?
08:51 AM on 01/14/2012
Our leader in the WH will at one pass of his arm in the air, say "fix the levees" and the levees will be fixed. Then with another pass of his arm in the air, says "fix all the pollution that is caused by us evil doers" and all the pollution will be gone, and the evil doers will see the light". So, why spend the $50 billion on this project which will eventually come from the American taxpayer. Our leader in the WH says "Give me the $50 billion and I can pay off congress to pass a law allowing me to become the first King of the New World" Sounds like a fairy tale doesnt it. Well, if you give any Politician that much money, even spread over 50 years it will not make it to the problem areas, rather make it to the problem Politicians.
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mac2jr
The truth always wins out
12:13 PM on 01/14/2012
What? From where are you coming?
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doodlebug2
02:15 PM on 01/14/2012
really, so if Romneybot wins, this money won't go to Louisiana? tell Jindal and Vitter that. Good Luck
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11:21 AM on 01/14/2012
they are working on using hot air balloons as they are much more enviromentally friendly. it's a work in progress as they struggle to work out the amount of ballons needed to provide the lift per ton.......sarc.
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doodlebug2
03:52 PM on 01/14/2012
I thought of proposing that, but then I re read "around the world and 80 days" and figured it wouldn't work to well, .......hahahahah
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Gonzo333
08:53 PM on 01/13/2012
This plan is doomed to failure. Those that don't "believe" in climate change will be faced with it's stark reality in a couple of decades. Jindal ,the hypocrite, talks from both sides of his mouth.
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11:21 AM on 01/14/2012
yeah,right down to global cooling not warming.
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chrisd3
Excelsior!
02:02 PM on 01/14/2012
Does this really look like global cooling?

http://bit.ly/tJZJs8
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08:27 PM on 01/13/2012
If republicans are really serious about a smaller federal government and less spending....why do republican governors like Jindal continue to ask for federal government money for their state? You cannot have it both ways.
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Binea
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09:29 PM on 01/13/2012
that is why the party is divided. Most are sick of the fake repubs. They can't claim to be for small gov and then vote for or spend us into oblivion..like ANYone associated with bush
08:24 PM on 01/13/2012
What do you expect when you build a city below sea level?
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Sister Bluebird
11:37 AM on 01/14/2012
That area has been settled by Europeans for 500 years, and by Indigenous people for much longer than that.
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zanytothemaxx
08:23 PM on 01/13/2012
Jindal is a republican governor. How much money does he expect from the federal government for this project. when the federal government has already contributed billions to his state in the last 5 years. It is the same old republican story, get the federal government out of people's lives and let the states do their thing.......but keep the federal money coming. Why is the federal government building levees aroud New Orleans now? Isn't that a state problem?
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Sister Bluebird
11:37 AM on 01/14/2012
Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.
Wib
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07:39 PM on 01/13/2012
The major problem for Louisiana is that the help is coming so late. I hope it helps because a major ecological reason for restoring those marshlands is that they are a nursery for much of the marine life for the Gulf of Mexico. They also serve as habitat for a lot of animals and birds that could well be lost if they are not restored. As to the danger for people who live along the Gulf Coast from the Florida Keys on across to the southernmost point in Texas, they are all familiar with the danger, but there is a beauty and richness to the sea and the land that borders it that cannot be ignored or abandoned, which is why so many choose to live there, despite the danger. Safety is a matter of perspective anyway. Look at California, the deserts and most places people choose to live. If you live there, which really is anywhere, the dangers are perceived less harshly than by those who do not live there.
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Robert Fanney
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07:33 PM on 01/13/2012
They're going to need to build one heck of system to deal with what's coming. If we don't tackle CO2 emissions, New Orleans is in the track of powerful storms and faces sea level rises of at least 3 feet by end of century.
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pirx
Memoirs Found in a Bathtub
07:37 PM on 01/13/2012
Same thing applies to Manhattan.
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maslin
At 6 bn km, it's mostly small stuff.
07:43 PM on 01/13/2012
The difference is that I think many Americans would greatly enjoy the opportunity to tell Wall Street that its choices are to sink or to swim.
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07:27 PM on 01/13/2012
This is complete folly. Here is a more sensible idea, evacuate everything that is under 20 feet above sea level. This includes the entire city of New Orleans. Build a wall around the Historic District, turn it into an island, and demolish all the rest of the city and rebuild it upstream. Keep Old New Orleans as a tourist attraction, accessible by boat down the river.
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pirx
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07:39 PM on 01/13/2012
Apply that same logic to Washinton .
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08:04 PM on 01/13/2012
I would apply it to all the coasts of the USA, but most of them aren't in quite so precarious a position. Washington D.C., like New Orleans, was built in a swamp. They should do exactly the same thing - build a new Capital in the center of the country and turn the existing buildings, White House, Capitol etc., into a tourist attraction/theme park.
07:08 PM on 01/13/2012
Love it. Let's put seawalls (which has proven not to work in the past. Look at Porta Rico ) around the whole US instead of trying to stop or lessen the actual causes.
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07:40 PM on 01/13/2012
Did you read the article?
12:34 AM on 01/14/2012
yes I did. Do you know the definition of a levee???
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Moose Luck 99
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07:04 PM on 01/13/2012
Much of the land will go but marshes are the proper way to block wind.
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07:03 PM on 01/13/2012
Good idea if BP pays.
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Errant
Sic Transit Gloria Mundi
12:52 AM on 01/14/2012
If it's there dime? Sure, why not. Fix the wetlands we destroyed. The god damn wetlands are the reliable and safe way to prevent flooding. Or at least they were until we shrunk them down to nothing.
06:03 PM on 01/13/2012
Rhode Island's land area is 1,045 square miles. Now let's take the Hundreds of Millions spent in LA on this marsh land area over 80 years and add 50 Billion to that total. Pretty expensive proposition for land that has been draining away for 80 years despite all efforts and money don't you think ?
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blurredmolly
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06:47 PM on 01/13/2012
it wouldn't be "draining away" if the oil companies hadn't carved up the marsh in the first place.
07:05 PM on 01/13/2012
Try the Army Corp of Engineers in the late 30's and early 40's. No OIL then in the Gulf. It's always been draining away for thousands of years until you tree huggers decided to help !
05:51 PM on 01/13/2012
HUMMM ! Hundreds of millions have been spent over the last 80 years and the amoumt of land lost is the size of Rhode Island ??? Pretty expensive expenditure for land that drained away and will continue to drain away. Hey what the heck let's throw another 50 mill and see where it drains ?
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boparenti
Remember Athens, Tenn
05:35 PM on 01/13/2012
Didn't your pappy ever tell'ya not to build in dem dar swamps. Look at ya now!