-- DRINKING WATER: Citizens live in fear of drinking polluted water because of threats to New Orleans' sewage lines. At least 50M gallons are lost to leaks, 250 percent pre-Katrina levels. FEMA has pledged only $150 million to pay for the $143 billion needed to rebuild the water system, sewer and drainage systems.
-- LEVEES: President Bush has threatened to veto a bill with vital funding for Louisiana's levees and projects aimed at protecting people from another catastrophic hurricane. Still, the failure of New Orleans' levees during Katrina wasn't an isolated event. Recently, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, responding to Freedom of Information Act requests filed by several news organizations, revealed that 122 levees across the country are in danger of a similar fate. California has the most at-risk levees with 37, followed by the state of Washington with 19. Massachusetts has 5, Michigan, 4 and Washington, 3.
Despite its promise, the White House has not advanced a single program to redress poverty since Hurricane Katrina. It has actually pushed to slash and burn important protections, including food stamps and Medicaid. The Bush administration's Labor Department largely looked away while no-bid contractors practiced wage abuse. More so, Katrina offered an opportunity to rebuild the Gulf Coast on a model of high road development -- high wage, low waste, efficient use of energy - rather than "race to the bottom" private enterprise.
Today, New Orleans remains in ruins. Many public schools are still not
open. Hospitals have closed; doctors and nurses have departed. Crime is up.
The clean up and rebuilding are shockingly slow. Families cannot return.
Small businesses can't start up with customers absent. New Orleans is being
changed. The co
|SOURCE Campaign for America's Future|
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