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"60" vs. New Orleans?

11/18/2005 03:50 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Drudge today posts what looks like a CBS press release--great use of the Internet--about Sunday's "60 Minutes", in which a scientist is advising against rebuilding New Orleans.

“We should be thinking about a gradual pullout of New Orleans and starting to rebuild people’s homes, businesses and industry in places that can last more than 80 years,” says Tim Kusky, a professor of earth sciences at St. Louis University. Instead, the law will allow residents to rebuild if their homes lie at the 100-year flood level, much of which was inundated by Katrina’s waters and would be put underwater again should levees fail.

The only response quoted in the press release is from Greg Meffert, identified as a "city employee", although I know him to have a considerably higher rank. Nobody from the LSU Hurricane Center?

No reference to John McQuaid's excellent series this week in the Times-Picayune, pointing to the experience of the equally-below-sea-level-but-slightly-more-serious Netherlands?

No reference to the reports, preliminary, from the Hurricane Center, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the National Science Foundation, holding not Katrina but the Army Corps of Engineers reponsible for the flooding of much of the city?

No reference to the Pottery Barn rule?

Would "60" have run a piece like this about rebuilding New York two months after 9/11?