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Environmentalists Partly to Blame for New Orleans Flooding
9-8-05 | Michael P. Tremoglie

Posted on 09/08/2005 3:55:04 AM PDT by William Tell 2

Compassionate Liberalism Part 3 Environmentalists Partly Responsible for Flood By Michael P. Tremoglie

Instead of desperately searching for ways to help – some liberals and Democrats - have been desperately searching for reasons to blame President Bush for the flood of New Orleans caused by Hurricane Katrina. Their blatant attempt at political exploitation has been reprehensible to say the least.

While doing so they have shot themselves in the foot. Researching the bogus claims of the liberal hate mongers I learned that liberal environmentalists may bear some responsibility for the flood of New Orleans.

The first of three articles I wrote concerning the political exploitation of the Hurricane Katrina disaster addressed the bogus claims by Democrats and liberals that global warming was to blame - ergo Bush’s environmental policies were ultimately the cause of New Orleans flooding.

This lie was revealed when hurricane experts said there was no correlation between Hurricane Katrina and global warming.

The second article addressed the equally bogus claim that the Iraq war and Bush tax cuts caused a lack of funding of levee projects in New Orleans and led to the New Orleans flood.

Once again, experts discredited this fabrication. Officials from the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE), and academicians said that there was no correlation between the projects with reduced funding and the flooding.

I concluded there were two reasons for this. One was that the funding cut was only for preliminary plans – and was the result of a new budgeting process. Two was any project would take approximately twenty years to complete.

However, I noticed that there was a proposed flood prevention project, aborted nearly thirty years ago, which would have alleviated the flooding of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. This project was to build floodgates at Chef Menteur and Rigolets passes to block storm surges from the Gulf causing Lake Pontchartrain to flood New Orleans – which is what happened during Hurricane Katrina.

Why was this project aborted? Environmentalists sued to have it stopped. An environmentalist group stated the proposed Rigolets and Chef Menteur floodgates of the Lake Pontchartrain Hurricane Prevention Project would have a negative effect on the environment.

During the course of the trial the defense counsel, US Attorney Gerald Gallinghouse, felt so strongly that the project should continue that, according to one source, he said, “…. He would go before the United States Congress with (Congressman) F. Edward Hebert to pass a resolution, exempting the Hurricane Barrier Project from the rules and regulations of the National Environmental Policy Act because, in his opinion, it is necessary to protect the citizens of New Orleans from a hurricane. “

Despite this, the judge ruled in favor of the environmentalists and the project was aborted. However, the ACE considered this project so important they never scrapped the plans for it.

Indeed the September-October 204 edition of Riverside (the magazine of the New Orleans District Army Corps of Engineers Public Affairs Office) referred to this lawsuit and project. Eric Lincoln’s article titled, Old Plans Revived for Category 5 Hurricane Protection, stated:

“In 1977, plans for hurricane protection structures at the Rigolets and Chef Menteur Pass were sunk when environmental groups sued the district. They believed that the environmental impact statement did not adequately address several potential problems, including impacts on Lake Pontchartrain’s ecosystem and damage to wetlands. Ultimately, an agreement between the parties resulted in a consent decree to forego the structures at the Rigolets and Chef Menteur Pass. ….The new initial feasibility study will look at protecting the area between the Pearl River and Mississippi River from a Category 5 storm. …. alternatives that would be studied in the initial feasibility report are: Construction of floodgate structures, with environmental modifications, at Rigolets and Chef Pass …” (emphasis mine)

This time the Army Corps of Engineers would modify the original plans because of the environmentalists. However, the project was already delayed more than two decades because of the environmentalist’s lawsuit. If begun immediately it would take another two decades to complete -- a forty-year delay.

According to Professor Gregory Stone, the James P. Morgan Distinguished Professor and Director of the Coastal Studies Institute of Louisiana State University, these floodgates would have alleviated the flooding of New Orleans caused by Hurricane Katrina. " The floodgates would have blocked the flow of water from the Gulf of Mexico, through Lake Borgne, through the Rigolets (and Chef Mentuer) into Lake Pontchartrain. This would likely have reduced storm surge coming from the gulf and into the Lake Pontchartrain, " Professor Stone told me during an interview September 6.

The New Orleans Army Corps of Engineers and Professor Stone were not the only people cognizant of the consequences that could and did result because of the environmental activists. While speaking with Sean Hannity on his radio show, Labor Day, former Louisiana Congressman Bob Livingston also referred to environmentalists who prevented hurricane prevention projects.

Many politicians are asking for hearings. If there are hearings, they should include the contribution to the flooding made by environmental groups, which aborted or delayed hurricane prevention projects.

The disaster of Hurricane Katrina has illustrated once again the ignorance, fanaticism, and incompetence of liberals. This is just more evidence that most policies proffered by liberals and Democrats – whether it concerns crime, the Cold War, the Global War on Terror, or the environment - are deleterious to the nation.

As Ronald Reagan once said: “…. the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so!


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: blamegame; environmentalism; greens; katrina; liberals; tremoglie

1 posted on 09/08/2005 3:55:05 AM PDT by William Tell 2
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To: William Tell 2

The truth will filter out.
Thanks for the amazing report


2 posted on 09/08/2005 4:01:39 AM PDT by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: William Tell 2

Where was this published and do you have a working link?


3 posted on 09/08/2005 4:01:48 AM PDT by Sidebar Moderator
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To: William Tell 2

This nation can survive a lot -- from terrorist horrors to unprecedented natural disasters.

This, I believe absolutely.

I'm not convinced, however, that we can survive the era of rule by lawyers and judges.


4 posted on 09/08/2005 4:01:51 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Place not your faith in governments or the artifices of man)
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To: William Tell 2

Is this a vanity or is there supposed to be a link to an article? Just asking....


5 posted on 09/08/2005 4:02:31 AM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: Leroy S. Mort

Here ya go Mr. Mort...

http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=19418


6 posted on 09/08/2005 4:09:03 AM PDT by SpeakLittle_ThinkMuch ("If you don't read the paper, you are uninformed. If you do read the paper, you are misinformed."...)
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To: William Tell 2
Bump, for the econazis.

Please provide a link. Thanks.

7 posted on 09/08/2005 4:10:55 AM PDT by Budge (<>< Sit Nomen Domini benedictum. <><)
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To: SpeakLittle_ThinkMuch
Here ya go Mr. Mort...

Similar theme, but I don't think that's the same article.

8 posted on 09/08/2005 4:15:58 AM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: Budge

I want all you Freepers to note that I wrote this piece myself and that Ben Johnson - without my permission or approval - took it upon himself to attach his name to my article.

I have sent emails to David Horowitz today demanding that they either remove my piece or remove Johnson's name.

Ben Johnson did not contribute at all to what I wrote. What I have published here in Free Republic is my original article.

Ben took my piece and borrowed materian from my previous essay - also posted to Free Republic by Miamivice - and attached is name to it without my persmission or approva.l


9 posted on 09/08/2005 4:17:14 AM PDT by William Tell 2
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To: William Tell 2

I like your version better. Good work.


10 posted on 09/08/2005 4:19:19 AM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: William Tell 2

Well, well, well. In any case, I sent the above link to Rush.


11 posted on 09/08/2005 4:20:04 AM PDT by Budge (<>< Sit Nomen Domini benedictum. <><)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

I posted this article because - unfortunately the editor at Front Page magazine Ben Johnson, took material from my previous piece, which was posted by Miamivice to FR, and , in spite of my disapporval, combined my previous material with this current piece of mine. He then took it upon himself to attach his name to it without my permission. Johnson contributed nothing to this piece I wrote

I have sent emails to David Horowitz the publisher demanding that they either withdraw my piece or remove Johnson's name from it.

Michael P. Tremoglie


12 posted on 09/08/2005 4:21:26 AM PDT by William Tell 2
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To: Leroy S. Mort

Thanks it took many hours. Too many hors of phone calls and research for some editor to use my material and try to take credit for it.


13 posted on 09/08/2005 4:25:05 AM PDT by William Tell 2
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To: William Tell 2

The spin doctors have ther extra fine filters on. Only certain truths will be shown on the media. Only certain truths will be expounded over and over again by the 'Pelosi Posse'. It wont matter. The American people aren't as stupid as they think. "You can filter the tu*** out of the water but do you want to drink it? NO!"


14 posted on 09/08/2005 4:26:37 AM PDT by truemiester (If the U.S. should fail, a veil of darkness will come over the Earth for a thousand years)
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To: William Tell 2

I guess the no-nothing environazis don't have to worry about the ecosystem of Lake Pontchartrain, now that billions of gallons of sewage and chemicals are being pumped into it around the clock. Another debacle visited on our land by these loons.


15 posted on 09/08/2005 4:29:05 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: William Tell 2

Congratulations on your research. Too bad Ben Johnson has pulled a Biden on you, but we appreciate your information and will see that it gets out with your attribution.


16 posted on 09/08/2005 4:32:50 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: kittymyrib

Thanks much.

I have come to know that Freepers are fair minded people. They will criticize you to no end when you make a mistake and praise you endlessly when you do something well.


17 posted on 09/08/2005 4:36:27 AM PDT by William Tell 2
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To: William Tell 2

Read for later


18 posted on 09/08/2005 4:43:17 AM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: William Tell 2

Here is the libnk to my article the way I originally wrote it.

THe editors at Men's News Daily don't try to take credit for other people's work.

( As you can tell I am just a bit outraged by this.I have been writing for Front Page since 1999. )


19 posted on 09/08/2005 4:47:09 AM PDT by William Tell 2
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To: William Tell 2

Sorry here is the link.http://www.mensnewsdaily.com/archive/t/tremoglie/2005/tremoglie090805.htm

As I said I am a bit aggravated right now.


20 posted on 09/08/2005 4:48:01 AM PDT by William Tell 2
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To: William Tell 2

Why was this project aborted? Environmentalists sued to have it stopped. An environmentalist group stated the proposed Rigolets and Chef Menteur floodgates of the Lake Pontchartrain Hurricane Prevention Project would have a negative effect on the environment.


And nobody thought a hurricane wouldn't have more of a negative effect? Morons. It goes to show that they know nothing about science and don't bother it use it to back themselves up. It should really cut into there credibility.


21 posted on 09/08/2005 4:56:45 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: William Tell 2

BTTT


22 posted on 09/08/2005 5:17:52 AM PDT by Alia
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To: metmom

No matter where we look, we see the Democrats contributing to the destruction of New Orleans.

I guess that's why they're pointing their dirty fingers at The President. Hey - don't look at us! PLEASE don't look at us. Awww, you looked at us, and spoiled the spell.


23 posted on 09/08/2005 5:22:42 AM PDT by RoadTest (For Heaven's Sake)
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To: William Tell 2

Good article, William Tell 2.

I'm sure the networks will be contacting you, and they'll feature this aspect of the hurricane foul-ups night after night for the next three months.

I'll hold my breath waiting.


24 posted on 09/08/2005 6:20:47 AM PDT by sergeantdave (Member of Arbor Day Foundation, travelling the country and destroying open space)
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To: sergeantdave

Thanks.

The sad part is that even the conservative talk radio shows won't even contact me. I don't know what their criteria is.


25 posted on 09/08/2005 6:29:39 AM PDT by William Tell 2
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To: William Tell 2
Greens vs. Levees - Destructive river-management philosophy
26 posted on 09/08/2005 6:33:10 AM PDT by weegee (The lesson from New Orleans? Smart Growth kills. You can't evacuate dense populations easily.)
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To: RoadTest
Magicians always use distractions and misdirection so they can "do" the trick. "Hey, look over there a sec!"

Also, the best defense for them is always a good offense. Accuse the other side of what you are guilty of first. Then all the other guy can say is, "no, you are...". So juvenile.
27 posted on 09/08/2005 6:35:10 AM PDT by weegee (The lesson from New Orleans? Smart Growth kills. You can't evacuate dense populations easily.)
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To: weegee

This has to be a different lawsuit. He mentions the suit was settled in 1997 and concerned levees. I didn't konw about this one.

The one I am writing about was settled in 1977 and concerned the floodgates for Rigolets and hef Menteur. Acording to the LSU professor I interviewed this would have alleviated the flooding. IN fact they were redoing the propoisal.

If it had been built during the 70's like it was supposd to be the flooding would not have been so bad.

This leads to a good question: I wonder how many lawsuits there have been by environmentalists?


28 posted on 09/08/2005 6:37:58 AM PDT by William Tell 2
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To: William Tell 2

I've heard there are currently 7,000 lawsuits filed by eco-fascists. Here's one example -

Jim Chilton, a fifth generation rancher, successfully sued the Center for Biological Diversity for defaming land management principles he practiced in his ranching operations. The court agreed that deceptive photographs were used in an attempt to harm the rancher and his operations. The judge ordered the watermelon cultists to pay the rancher $600,000.

At the trial, the Center claimed to have filed over 170 lawsuits against federal agencies. Chilton said these lawsuits have stopped school construction, terminated thousands of lumber production jobs, put Arizona and New Mexico communities into economic distress, and driven many western ranchers to the verge of bankruptcy. These lawsuits also prevent agencies and landowners from actually working to recover species.

The trial revealed that the Center collected nearly $1 million from the federal government in 2003 by suing the federal government under the ESA.

Win, lose or draw, these Marxists are allowed to collect attorney fees and court awards from the taxpayer. And the proverbial vicious circle is established. Money collected from these lawsuits allow these groups to file more lawsuits against agencies for not meeting deadlines because they were busy defending themselves against lawsuits.


29 posted on 09/08/2005 6:58:34 AM PDT by sergeantdave (Member of Arbor Day Foundation, travelling the country and destroying open space)
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To: sergeantdave

Thanks.

I meant just involving the Lake Pontchartrain Hurricane Prevention project to stop floods.


30 posted on 09/08/2005 7:09:53 AM PDT by William Tell 2
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To: William Tell 2

Bump and bookmark


31 posted on 09/09/2005 1:51:37 PM PDT by murdoog (You're probably wondering why I'm here)
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To: William Tell 2

32 posted on 09/13/2005 8:54:30 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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