In Katrina, “at least 1,836 people lost their lives…. Total damage was $81 billion.”
I get it. Many progressives are angry with Obama for many grievances, some of which are genuine, such as his inane seeming embrace of offshore drilling (though, ironically, he actually closed off most of the coastal US to offshore drilling). But some progressives seem to be taking the anger a bit far.
I’ve been as outspoken as anyone on the devastation — human and environmental — that the BP oil disaster is going to cause (see “The human dimensions of oil spills” and “The BP oil disaster is a health disaster, too” and “BP’s dispersants are toxic “” but not as toxic as dispersed oil“). And 11 people have been killed in this tragedy (so far) — by the reckless behavior of BP.
That said, I would have thought people knew what happened in Katrina. But maybe not. Of Katrina, Wikipedia reports: