Thank god for the army corps of engineers!

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    Without the Morganza spillway, New Orleans would be entirely doomed and so would everything south of Baton Rouge, including much of Baton Rouge itself.


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    That spot of flooding you see on the east bank of the river and just south of Baton rouge, extending towards New Orleans, would mean the Port of South Louisiana - the largest port by tonnage in the western hemisphere - would be wiped out. Not to mention the Exxon Refinery - the 2nd largest oil refinery in the nation - would at best have to shut down for many months and at worst be wiped out itself - in addition to the dozens upon dozens of petrochemical plants along the port of south Louisiana.

    Because someone had some foresight over 50 years ago, this won't happen. The Morganza has only been used once - but it was not for its designed purpose. In '73 it was opened to prevent the river changing course. Had it not been opened the river would have likely changed course but the cities of Baton Rouge and New Orleans would have still been safe. Its never been used for its designed purpose - to prevent catastrophic river flooding of 2 million residents and billions of the nations most vital economic assets - until now.

    If this works, I think we'll call it even with the Army Corps.
     
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    Why should the citizens of Kansas pay to prevent flooding in another state? Let Louisiana pay for their flood projects.

     
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    Gee whiz, I dunno, maybe because if the Ports of South Louisiana, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge get fucked up for months or years by flooding, Kansas farmers will have to pay out the fucking ass to export their grain? Maybe because if the 2nd largest oil refinery in the nation gets flooded, they'll have to pay even more out the ass to ship their grain over land? Maybe because for decades taxpayers in Louisiana and everywhere have been subsidizing their farms with our tax dollars, including the promotion of corn ethanol over sugar ethanol?

    Is that a serious question, really?
     
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    Got to feel bad for those small bayou communities that get flooded when they open the spillway tho'. Hard choices in hard times.
     
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    That appears to be the biggest issue with the decision to open the spillway - how much to open it. They are saying as little as 1/4 capacity might be enough, which would reduce the flood impact on the Morganza. But that's all under the assumption the levees in Baton Rouge and New Orleans can hold! The more stress the are under the more likely they are to bust.
     
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    Everyone in the basin knows this could happen, its part of the easment that allows people to live within the Atafalaya Basin's levees.
     
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    Folks really should try moving out of these areas or expect to receive no federal money WHEN they flood.
     
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    So one government boondoggle justifies another?

    If the port of new Orleans is closed, then Kansas farmers can ship their wheat by train to some other port. If the Army Corp of Engineers didn't build flood control for Louisiana, then the state would do it on its own. The people there aren't stupid, at least the ones who didn't vote for Obama aren't.

    As for the oil refinery getting flooded, since when did libtards give a hoot about having adequate supplies of oil? Not a single refinery has been built in the last 40 years because of their obstruction tactics, but all of a sudden we're supposed to believe you're concerned about this one?


     
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    Gotta love these Compassionate Conservatives. :lol:
     
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    What the fuck are you even talking about?

    THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER IS AN INTERSTATE SHIPPING CHANNEL
    at much higher cost you ignorant twat

    Comparison of Cargo Capacity Between Trucks, Trains and Barges | eHow.com
    You can't expect to destroy the largest tonnage port in the western hemisphere and not suffer severe economic consequences.



    Who fucking cares? How is the above rant even relevant to the topic?
     
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