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Archives for August, 2006

I heard no promise of Category 5 hurricane protections for New Orleans. Indeed, you can search the whole speech. It’s vague on just how strong the rebuilt levees will ultimately be. The most explicit promise is this: “We’re working to make the levees stronger than ever by 2010, and we will study what we need…

Timed for the Katrina anniversary, the Competitive Enterprise Institute has put out a short report on the hurricane-climate issue (PDF). Without taking a premature stand on who is or isn’t winning the scientific debate at the present moment, I’d like to point out how CEI misrepresents the state of that debate. The chief technique seems…

More Linkage

Well, yesterday was the official pub date for the paperback RWOS: I haven’t been to a major bookstore yet to see if they’re there, but they ought to be. Meanwhile, my thanks to all the blogs who noted the pub date and commented, including the following in no particular order:

Toles Gets Edgy on Global Warming

Tom Toles has long been one of my favorite cartoonists–but even I was a little stunned when I saw his latest work, which essentially says, don’t vote Republican if you care about climate change. I’m not used to cartoonists being this directly political–but I’m also not sure I have any problem with it.

The Evacuation of Wake

It looks like Supertyphoon Ioke could completely overwash one of the U.S. possessions in the Pacific–the tiny Wake Island, which is comprised of 3 coral atolls and houses about 200 people who have now been evacuated. Apparently the whole thing could be entirely underwater from this massive and dangerous storm, currently posting maximum sustained winds…

Over at the Huffington Post, I’ve got a longish entry on the conclusions I draw from the Katrina tragedy one year later. Check it out.

Well, the paperback is officially out now (though I haven’t yet seen it in an actual store…) Books continue to ship from Amazon and, I assume, from other outlets. Meanwhile, tomorrow is the anniversary of Katrina. I’m going to have some more politically oriented thoughts on this later, but here just a brief personal recap:

Well, it’s official: Some of the paperbacks have started shipping from Amazon.com. If you preordered the book that way, you should get it soon. The official pub date is tomorrow, Monday, so this will be my last “countdown” post prior to the book release. Of course, I will have much to say after the release…

Ernesto is now a Category 1 hurricane, and appears to be one of those spooky ones that comes up through the Caribbean bouncing off of islands as if in a pinball machine, before finally expending its fury against the Gulf Coast. “Unfortunately,” in the words of forecaster Stacy Stewart, the track has recently been adjusted…

Above is the latest water vapor image for Ernesto, which now has a central pressure that’s dropped to 997 mb and sustained winds that are nearing 60 mph. In short, it looks like this is going to be a Category 1 hurricane soon, our first of the season. And the projected track continues to look…