100 Economics Question of the Day: An Intermittent Blog: E-mail suggests government seeking to blame groups - The Clarion-Ledger

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

E-mail suggests government seeking to blame groups - The Clarion-Ledger

One of the keys for reading the National Review, as AngryBear often notes, is realising that what they say often has no relation to reality.

Apparently, their geography is often as poor as their economics.
Whoever is behind the e-mail may have spotted the Sept. 8 issue of National Review Online that chastised the Sierra Club and other environmental groups for suing to halt the corps' 1996 plan to raise and fortify 303 miles of Mississippi River levees in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas.

The corps settled the litigation in 1997, agreeing to hold off on some work until an environmental impact could be completed. The National Review article concluded: "Whether this delay directly affected the levees that broke in New Orleans is difficult to ascertain."

The problem with that conclusion?

The levees that broke causing New Orleans to flood weren't Mississippi River levees. They were levees that protected the city from Lake Pontchartrain levees on the other side of the city.

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