There is no money from that will be coming from Big Oil. The Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 that was pushed by Landireu was Louisana's best chance to get a funding stream. Louisiana will only get about $385 million a year starting in 2017. That's not nearly enough for the billions of dollars that will be needed to fund our coastal restoration. The BP oil spill was looked upon as the goose that laid the golden egg to fund the restoration effort. The amount Louisiana will get from that setttement depends on the quantity of oil spilled and is now in the courts trying to decide that amount. Even after it is decided, BP can appeal and cause further dealys to Louisiana receiving any monies. While all of this legal rambling goes on our coast erodes. Addtionally, the $50 billlion estimated amounts to constrcut the projects identified in the master plan was done in 2010 dollars. If one were to put in the actual time frame the projects will be constrcuted in real dollars the number will jump to about $100 billion. If the state doesn't have $50 billion how will it get $100 billion? That is why an alternative other than just big oil needs to be explored. The best possible alternative is to focus on those factors that have contributed to the other two-thirds of the coastal damage - namely the levees along the Mississippi River. But no one wants to consider this option. Barry and other proponents of the shipping industry say the sediment load in the river is lower than historic levels. We don't need those historic levels to build land from St. Bernard Parish souhward. It can be done, it's just a matter of political will or Louisiana will not survive.
We both agree talk is cheap. I'm just saying be careful who you pick for a leader. And make sure it is one who really knows what they are doing. In 2008, LSU scientists spoke at a public meeting and showed Barry and his board members what will happen to the Louisiana coastline if nothing is done to restore it. At that time, he told them there was a 10 year window of opportunity before the state would reach the point of no return. Nothing has been done since but lots of talk. And I think the so-called leaders are finally realizing how much they screwed up since 2008 and are trying to find a way to cover those mistakes and bad decisions. To do it right nothing can be a sacred cow. The best solution for protecting the coast has to trump all else. It is the only way the southern part of the state will survive.
Barry only repeats bits and pieces of pressentations given at the CPRA meetings. He does not analyze data himself. He had a chance to get the perimeter protection system right and blew it by allowing the Corps to build anything they wanted and prevented any oversight of the Corps work. Now we have another system in name only that fails to deliver the required and needed protection. It is the next biggest cover up that eventually will get unmasked. So knowing he allowed the levees to be botched again. Why would I put the fate of the wetlands in his hands? He is going after the casue of one-third of the damage and allowing the casue of the remaining two-thirds to go unchecked. It doesn't take a brilliant mind to see that is a paln that is doomed.
"Anyone who has read Barry’s award-winning book, Rising Tide, appreciates his ability to pull back the curtain and expose the self-dealing and hypocrisy of New Orleans’ ruling class"
Anyone who attended the SLFPA-E ove rthe years can see the curtsin pulled back on Barry and Doody as the self-dealing and hypocrisy of the SLFPA-E ruling class. Going so far to cut a deal to pay Barry's travel expenses from DC eventhough it violated state regualtions. Going so far to not look at the designs of the Corps of Engineers on the new system and approving them now because of their decisions we have another system in name only. It surely doesn't provide us the required or the needed level of protection. Now Barry wants to be the point man for coastal restoration probably for several reasons. First, to cover up the fact that the perimeter system he was supposed to oversee is so flawed. Second, he has an ego that is as big as the coast and cannot admit when he is in over his head. Third, he truly feels he is a flood expert. When he was appointed to the SLFPA-E he was quoted at one of te meetings askign what the 100-year level of protection was. He didn't even know what it was. Some flood expert.
Historians write about things after the fact. We need scientists who are visionaries on these boards who can see solutions to what others see only as problems. Barry sat on these boards for over 6-1/2 years and was told on many occassions by scientists that we had about a 10 year window of opportunity to get this right or we would reach the point of no return. He hasn't done anything to solving the problem in the 6-1/2 years. Barry and Doody were two of the biggest obstacles that prevented science from leading the flood protection and coastal restoration efforts. They were more interested in maintaining control over the process (in spite of being the techncially least qualified members) rather than getting the best processes in place.
Funny Barry didn't say anything about the lack of funding for the master plan while he was on the CPRA or the SLFPA-E, he just went along with the status quo. He also voted to allow the Corps to build another system that doesn't meet the required level of protection. That alone shows me he is no flood expert. The coast is a more dynamic design than the levees, if he hasn't shown professional knowledge with the floodwalls, I doubt he has the professional knowledge or background on coastal issues (other than what someone tells him or what he googles). Clancy I'm told Barry is your friend, but he is no flood expert no matter how many times he is called that. If he were a flood expert, he would not have allowed the Corps to pull the wool over his eyes for the past 6-1/2 years.
In one case Barry calls multiple press conferences to tell the world about ongoing litigation.
In another case, Barry is filing appeal after appeal (after losing in court) on the taking of property from residents without compensation and he wants to keep comments on that litigation quiet.
He can't have it both ways.
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