The majority of Americans live in counties protected by levees, and the most important ones are built by the US Army Corps of Engineers, whose failure in Louisiana was presumably not an isolated event.
President Obama successfully persuaded BP to set aside $20 billion in an escrow fund. So how did the Republican leadership in Congress react? Well, Rep. Joe Barton expressed his shock and horror, calling the fund "a $20 billion shakedown."
We think it's laudable that the White House is rapidly conducting investigations into the root cause of the BP well failure. But the White House exhibited paralysis after the spectacular engineering failure that flooded 80% of New Orleans.
I attended the BP Protest in New Orleans last weekend because there is a distinct connect between the oil drilling debacle and the flood of New Orleans. At the center of both disasters are engineers and the lack of adequate legal federal oversight.
The Army Corps of Engineers is concerned that the Asian carp fence is now potentially threatening the public health and safety by sending dangerous levels of electricity into the surrounding landscape.
The discovery phase of this lawsuit could reveal and make public that the leading hurricane scientists in the state of Louisiana were intimidated and then fired by LSU at the command of the Corps of Engineers for their findings.
The Army Corps of Engineers' liability for damages to at least three New Orleans plaintiffs has been made official by a Federal district judge. The question now is whether the Justice Dept. will appeal.