Tag: Disaster Management
Top Physicists Protest the Corruption of Science

As reported in the London Telegraph, the highly respected physicist Harold Lewis has sent a scathing letter of resignation to the American Physical Society (APS) protesting the corruption of science as a result of the politicization of climate research and as he states, “the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so...
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“The Socialist”

From the synopsis for the forthcoming film, “The Socialist,” to be released in November 2010: Every age seeks visionaries to leave, in the wake of their genius, a changed world—but rarely are they found without a few strikeout also-rans getting a crack first. In 2008, millions of Americans thought they had found the real...
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The Obama Administration Makes BP Look Good

Two months ago I said the Obama administration was making a mistake to demand that BP turn over to the federal government the responsibility for compensating victims of its oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. My reasoning was that the move would shift what should be an adversarial position between claimants and BP...
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President Obama’s $20 Billion Tactical Error

From a political point of view, it seems crazy that President Obama has agreed—no, demanded—to turn an adversarial relationship between gulf coast residents and BP into an adversarial relationship between gulf coast residents and the president’s administration.

This Week’s Lighthouse: Oil Spill, Cuba, Constitutions, Gaza

This week’s Lighthouse (available online here) touches on the Gulf oil gusher (William F. Shughart II); political reform in Cuba (Alvaro Vargas Llosa); F. A. Hayek on the limits of constitutional design (Scott A. Boykin); and Israel’s blockade of Gaza (Ivan Eland). Here are links to the individual items: 1. How to Prevent an...
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Bush’s FEMA Was No Gem Either

Open Letter to The Wall Street Journal June 23, 2010 Dear Editor: Paul Rubin argues that President Obama is getting a free pass in the media in light of the environmental disaster caused by the BP oil spill. The press, on the other hand, harshly chastised President Bush, for what Rubin thinks was a...
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If the U.S. Won’t Drill Oil Offshore, Other Nations Will

Although President Obama’s executive order imposing a six-month moratorium on drilling for crude oil and natural gas in ultra-deep waters within the 200-mile territorial limit recognized by international law has at least temporarily been suspended by a federal district judge, offshore drilling will not come to a screeching halt even if that precipitous action...
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Disaster, Heartbreak, and Unavoidable Trade-offs

I received a message today from someone who questioned the position I had taken in a recent op-ed article on the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Because I was unable to get a reply through to the person who wrote to me, and because others might have the same concern he raised, I am...
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Some Pieces of the Deepwater Horizon Puzzle

Disasters have many fathers. The tragic explosion at BP’s well in the Gulf of Mexico, which killed 11 members of the Deepwater Horizon’s crew and continues to cause unprecedented economic and environmental damage from the oil “spill” that began more than two months ago, is no exception. President Obama and many others have been...
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Putting the Gulf Oil Spill in Perspective...

(click on image to enlarge) HT: Guy Monahan and Julie Sheppard

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