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Obama Should Tell The Grim Truth About New Orleans
Someone other than Obama might tell some unpleasant home truths about climate change and the folly of huge investments made to rebuild New Orleans, placed in an area that was always inappropriate for a city, but now will be subject to the climate disruption that makes events such as Hurricane Katrina, formerly regarded as once-in-five-hundred years events, much more common.. A president has to be the one to break the news, and for all the obvious reasons Obama is the perfect president to make clear that New Orleans, always perilously poised, is more and more a city that should not be massively rebuilt but instead allowed to shrink. Time, and especially in this case Tide, wait for no man. For who else but Obama can avoid having his melancholy message rejected by the black population of New Orleans who, were he white bearing the sad tidings, would be charged with choosing to “write off New Orelans” because of a “racist agenda” or some such variant on the usual nonsense.
There are all kinds of truths about the future of New Orleans that are not being forthrightly told. Sometimes they are not being told because the implications are too disturbing. Sometimes they are not told because those in power do not know enough. Sometimes it is sheer go-with-the-flow don't-upset-any-applecarts cowardice. In the case of New Orleans and its "rebuilding," it appears to be the latter.
No profiles in environmental courage here.