Category Archives: Politics

Toronto Disasters: first the mayor, then the ice storm- updated

In the days before Christmas, a huge ice storm affected the northern states in New England and the southern provinces of Canada.  Usually, a power outage of several days duration that affected at least 300,000 households in a metropolitan area … Continue reading

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Learn from Experience? — not necessarily for some in Congress

A new report from the Center for American Progress is titled  States With most federal disaster aid sent climate science deniers to congress. Since this report is only 8 pages long, I suggest you read it all. One excerpt: Interestingly, … Continue reading

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Another Problem With Recovery After Sandy – Congress

Not only the NY and NJ congressional delegations are furious with Congress, but so is the New York Times – see its editorial on Hurricane Sandy Aid, NY Times, January 2, 2013.  They desperately need federal assistance and in a … Continue reading

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NJ – development history and issues

More of the “I Told You So” or “We Warned You” dept.: Jersey Shore Development Failures Exposed By Hurricane Sandy When you are dealing with recovery issues in the northeast, most of the community development has occured over many decades … Continue reading

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Recovery – NY Style

Here are some useful examples of what “snap back” and resilient recovery plans look like. It remains to be seen how the conflicts and tradeoffs between the two will be addressed. Short-Term Recovery: Winter looming, New York rushes to repair … Continue reading

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Disasters and Big Government – political philosophy

This topic keeps growing, so I will add articles that bring out additional dimensions. As a continuation of the topics I write about yesterday, I want to share an editorial in NYT today: A Big Storm Requires Big Government. Here … Continue reading

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Emergency/Disaster Management – the politics

Given the intensity of the pre-election political debate as well as the near-term arrival of Hurricane Sandy in the nation’s capital this is the time, several critical political issues probably will get some visibility (if not solutions) in the near … Continue reading

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Presidential Visits to a Disaster Site – Useful?

From MyWay, Dept. 3, Another disaster brings candidates to Gulf Coast. In the wake of the visit of both a presidential candidate and a president visiting in LA after H. Isaac, locals question the value of such visits. Mitt Romney … Continue reading

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Dems Continue to Hammer at Republicans’ Proposed Cuts to Disaster Funding

You have to admit that when the week of the GOP convention is also the week of  H. Isaac, with its uncanny resemblance to H. Katrina, it’s the perfect opportunity to discuss positions on disaster aid and relief.  The Huff … Continue reading

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Do voters punish politicians for natural disasters?

See the article Do voters punish politicians for natural disasters? for a discussion of a long-debated topic. Washington Post, July 28, 2012. Actually, the last paragraph says it all: So, to sum up the relevant advice for any incumbent politician … Continue reading

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