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This blog used to be about politics. Not so much anymore as I have worked through my fascination with that subject. It now seems appropriate that with a new president and the end of the Bush nightmare that I move on to new subjects that are more in line with my current interests. I may still occasionally express an opinion about political matters but for the most part I will be commenting on music, photography and personal observations. Thank you for reading.

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Rob says:

But it’s more than aesthetics; environmental infrastructure also has a cost component. The millions it would have cost to preserve the wetlands and bayous of coastal Louisiana would have been repaid a hundred-fold for their value in mitigating the damage of Hurricane Katrina. Stricter building codes and land-use regulations could have reduced the death toll from the Kashmir earthquake and other disasters that strike the Third World by orders of magnitude. The future economic prospects of large tracts of the industrialized Third World, including China, Russia, India and Brazil, are clouded by the environmental blight of poorly-regulated manufacturing and extraction industries. The list goes on. In fact, nearly every aspect of environmental regulation can be shown to have a strong economic justification that redounds to American competitiveness and outweighs its short-term costs.

wow, I was actually just thinking about this very thing today. Here in the States we seem to take it for granted that the effects of large scale disasters will be moderated by the technology and regulations that we've put in place. We take the stance that preventative measures should be taken to prevent large scale death.

Here in Tulsa we've taken steps to prevent flooding. In the 80's we had some serious flooding probems and the city took pains to address these problems.

From the City of Tulsa website:

Tulsa's flooding problems also mirror many other towns. Our community was founded a hundred years ago on a major river and has a long history of floods, compounded by post-war growth, floodplain development, and frequent rainstorms.

By the 1980s, Tulsa's flooding had reached singular proportions. The federal government had declared Tulsa County a flood disaster area nine times in 15 years, more than any other community in the nation. Each flood was worse than the one before.

The most devastating flood in our history hit in the mid-night hours of Memorial Day 1984. Our City responded to the shock of this killer flash flood with community-wide commitment to end our recurring disasters. Determined leaders crafted a unified program to curb flood losses.

Today, Tulsa's floodplain and stormwater program is based on respect for the natural systems. It includes comprehensive watershed management, dedicated funds for maintenance and operation, a prototype alert system, and a $200 million capital improvements program.

This program is more than flood control. We're building parks in the floodplains, sports fields in stormwater detention basins, and greenway trails on creek banks. We are forging strong partnerships with federal and state agencies.

And we've stopped creating new problems. Since the City adopted comprehensive drainage regulations 15 years ago, we have no record of flooding in any structure built in accord with those regulations.

Because the federal government gave our program its highest ranking, Tulsans enjoy the lowest flood insurance rates in the country. We are reaping benefits from national awards and favorable publicity.

I remember the 1984 flood. I also recall how the city decided to built a bunch of new parks and flood management areas to try to prevent another flood like that again.

And that, is the difference between good governance and no governance. I seriously doubt that the private sector would have been able to address such a large issue. Traditionally, this supporting role by government in dealing with larger community issues has been beneficial to the American economy. Effective action by the part of our leaders can mean reduced cost of doing business and greater opportunites for small businesses.

The anti-government movement would like us to believe that ineffective leadership means we should simply throw up our hands, demand our money back and hope for the best.

That, is not a good idea.

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