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  •  Check out just a few of the U.S cities ... (none)
    ...that have been hurt by natural disasters or could be:

    Miami, Savannah, Charleston, Jacksonville, Mobile, Galveston, Houston, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego.

    Shall we move them all?

    "The President wanted to go into Iraq in the worst possible way. And he did." -- Nancy Pelosi

    by Meteor Blades on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 08:45:44 PM PDT

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    •  No (none)
      I think that geographically, New Orleans is at a special risks, but I do think that we need to recognize that coastal land (in particular barrier islands) change in human lifetimes, while earthquakes and the rest occur in geological time(hundred of thousands of years.)  A house can be built to survive an earthquake, unless you build a house on stilts it isn't going to stand a 10 foot wave.
    •  New Orleans (none)
      New Orleans is the extreme case, though. Folks have been predicting something like this for 10 years--predicting it would happen without accounting for a hurricaine to do the work.

      In the medium term, we need someone to take a look at the investment the Netherlands is making into preparing for the repurcussions of global warming (things like building new developments on stilts, to accommodate rising water levels, things like preparing for the time the dikes will no longer hold). If we're willing to make that kind of investment, by all means rebuild. But if we're not, we're just setting up for worse disaster (if that's possible) in the medium term.

      This is the way democracy ends Not with a bomb But with a gavel -Max Baucus

      by emptywheel on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 10:19:59 PM PDT

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      •  With the Mississippi Delta (none)
        rapidly disintegrating, (see this National Geographic article I wonder with it make financial sense to rebuild in an area that without billion upon billions of dollars of investment will be even more vulnerable to flooding than now.  Are we going to left the river up loose to slow the river so it will rebuild the delta, so we are going to sacrifice cities that exist now to rebuild a city that is gone?
    •  San Francisco (none)
      The disaster in the wake of Katrina has made me really think about preparedness.  They've been expecting the big one for such a long time. It just seems that New Orleans is a city without help or hope right now.  Not hard to think of San Francisco in the same place.

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