David Roberts

David Roberts

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David Roberts is a staff writer for Grist. You can subscribe to his RSS feed or follow him on Twitter or email him at droberts at grist dot org, if you're into that sort of thing.

BusinessWeek on Katrina

The America-hating commies at, uh, BusinessWeek have a must-read article on Katrina and the implications for U.S. policy. The major lesson policymakers should draw from the catastrophe is just how vulnerable the U.S. is becoming to natural disasters and energy disruptions. In fact, some experts say, Americans have been mistakenly lulled into thinking terrorism is the most pressing threat -- and they argue that the relentless focus on staving off suicide bombers has left crucial gaps elsewhere. Here are their policy recommendations: Restore natural buffer zones Limit development in the most vulnerable areas Get serious about climate change Make a Presidential appeal Increase energy diversity Boost energy efficiency Read the whole thing. (via David Corn)

Interview with mayor of New Orleans

Everyone, and I mean everyone, should listen to this interview with the mayor of New Orleans. Any hint of political tact is gone -- he's just angry and confused by the criminal indifference and incompetence that are consigning thousands of his constituents to disease and death. It's painful to hear, but utterly necessary.

Rebuilding New Orleans

As the immediate crises in New Orleans slowly resolve themselves over the next weeks and months, talk will inevitably turn to rebuilding. Over at Worldchanging, Alan AtKisson offers the first version of what he promises will be a developing, evolving piece of work about how to rebuild New Orleans in a bright green way. In a very grim time it's a nice ray of passion and optimism. Highly recommended. Update [2005-9-2 12:12:20 by Dave Roberts]: See also this optimistic take on rebuilding by Ari Kelman over on TPMCafe.