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Archive for March 3rd, 2007

One jury I want to sit on…

Posted by Charles II on March 3, 2007

New Orleans has filed a claim….

Submitting a claim for a staggering $77 billion, the city of New Orleans joined tens of thousands of would-be plaintiffs who rushed to beat a Thursday deadline to alert the Army Corps of Engineers that they may sue for losses resulting from the levee breaches after Hurricane Katrina.


Also joining the queue were Entergy New Orleans, the city’s bankrupt electrical utility, which is seeking $655 million, and the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board, which put in a claim of about $460 million, spokesmen for the agencies said….


Until recently, the idea of suing the Army Corps of Engineers was dismissed by most lawyers as a non-starter. They pointed to a 1928 federal law immunizing the corps from lawsuits stemming from its flood-control projects.


But early last month, U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval ruled that the corps has no such protection when it comes to lawsuits over problems caused by its navigation projects.


That decision kept alive a 2006 lawsuit filed against the corps by WDSU-TV anchor Norman Robinson, a Lower 9th Ward couple and two St. Bernard Parish residents, and raised prospects of success of similar cases.

That will be a Mardi Gras indeed.

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The costs of globalization: shipping emissions

Posted by Charles II on March 3, 2007

John Vidal in The Guardian:

 Carbon dioxide emissions from shipping are double those of aviation and increasing at an alarming rate which will have a serious impact on global warming, according to research by the industry and European academics.

Separate studies suggest that maritime carbon dioxide emissions are not only higher than previously thought, but could rise by as much as 75% in the next 15 to 20 years if world trade continues to grow and no action is taken. The figures from the oil giant BP, which owns 50 tankers, and researchers at the Institute for Physics and Atmosphere in Wessling, Germany reveal that annual emissions from shipping range between 600 and 800m tonnes of carbon dioxide, or up to 5% of the global total. This is nearly double Britain’s total emissions and more than all African countries combined.

Aircraft emissions are 2% of the total though they may be disproportionately damaging because they are emitted high in the atmosphere]. In the case of both, though, there is a cost beyond the simple financial cost of moving things large distances.

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What’s Behind The Walter Reed Scandal?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 3, 2007

In a word:  Privatization.

Posted in madness of King George, Pentagon, privatization, Republicans, supporting the troops | 14 Comments »

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