“We have built a series of structures and walked away from them historically,” said Leonard Shabman, a water resources expert with the think tank Resources for the Future. “If you’ve got potholes in the road, people go out and fix them; that’s not the case with levees.”
Yeah, that’s right. Slowly, but surely the rest of the country is getting a clue.
New Orleans was first and not the last. It all started 40 years ago when the country decided we could afford massive military adventures overseas.
It’s a national problem, not a New Orleans failing.
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