Regions of New York City Face Challenges as Post-Sandy Cold Front Moves In

By: Monday November 5, 2012 8:30 am

I think Rudy Giuliani is just being a good partisan by claiming that the federal response to Superstorm Sandy has been worse than Katrina. But has the media run with a narrative of competence and professional response while residents in Staten Island and Rockaway Beach, for example, yell for help? I think that’s beyond question. And the anger is growing in these areas.

The Time for Climate Defense Action is Now

By: Friday November 2, 2012 12:19 pm

I already mentioned Bob Kuttner’s piece on the new fiscal choice revealed by Superstorm Sandy, but it deserves a wider reading. One of the casualties of Hurricane Sandy is the premise that America’s biggest economic problem is deficit reduction. That’s because the United States just became a much larger version of the Netherlands [...] As [...]

Hurricane Sandy’s Legacy Could Be Ramp-Up of Privatization Efforts

By: Friday November 2, 2012 10:48 am

Rebuilding the East Coast after Superstorm Sandy will be an expensive proposition. A new estimate of the cost of the storm now reaches $50 billion, and just protecting New York City from future disasters through the use of a seawall and other barriers would tack on another $15 billion, though that money would be as [...]

Natural Disasters and Economic Disasters Require the Same Urgent Response

By: Friday November 2, 2012 7:45 am

David Callahan had a smart column in The American Prospect about natural and economic disasters, and why they must be met with the same level of urgency. If most of us take for granted that we should be there for our fellow citizens during natural disasters, using the tool of government, why is it so [...]

Difficulties With Hurricane Sandy Response on Staten Island

By: Friday November 2, 2012 6:58 am

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy The New York/New Jersey cleanup from Hurricane Sandy has been decent in areas, but the response in Staten Island is being harshly criticized by local residents. Nineteen people are dead and 80,000 still without power. The residents of Staten Island are pleading for [...]

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath Reveals Massive Inequality Gap in New York City

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 10:45 am

New York is slowly recovering from the damaging floodwaters and winds of Superstorm Sandy. And what we’re seeing in the aftermath is how the burden natural disasters invariably falls on the shoulders of those least equipped to cope. Nowithstanding the human interest stories about trying to find an outlet to charge cell phones, the real [...]

The Impact of Hurricane Sandy on the Insurance Industry: Less Than You Think

By: Wednesday October 31, 2012 10:43 am

The common belief after a storm of the magnitude of Sandy is that the brunt of the cost will get picked up by insurance companies. But that’s far more true in the case of typical hurricanes in normal hurricane zones like the Gulf Coast. In the Atlantic Coast, insurance policies don’t come with flood insurance [...]

BLS May Delay October Jobs Report Due to Frankenstorm

By: Monday October 29, 2012 10:45 am

The known late-campaign “surprise” were the final pre-election jobs report scheduled for Friday. Both campaigns were poised to jump on whatever positive or negative numbers came out of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the unknown late-campaign “surprise,” Hurricane Sandy, which before it even hits land has flooded coastal areas all over New York and [...]

Superstorm Set to Batter Atlantic Coast

By: Monday October 29, 2012 6:23 am

As many as 50 million Americans living in the Northeast Corridor from Boston to Washington are bracing for the Frankenstorm, the combination of Hurricane Sandy, high tide and a nor’easter, which is likely to create storm surges of up to 11 feet in places that do not normally contend with them. Manhattan, for example. Or [...]

Hurricane Sandy’s Dramatic Impact to Further Depress Northeast Economy

By: Friday October 26, 2012 9:15 am

With Hurricane Sandy moving over the Atlantic, this is the time where we all become amateur hurricane experts, talking about wind speed and storm surges. But because Sandy is on a path to hit an area not normally affected by storms, it could create more widespread damage, similar to what Hurricane Irene caused throughout the [...]

Hurricane Isaac Makes Landfall, Will Pound Gulf Coast Region for Days

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 11:45 am

Hurricane Isaac has made landfall in Louisiana, but it is basically hovering over the Gulf Coast, moving very slowly. The slowness of the storm and the circulation of much of it over water means that it will probably continue for some time, which means days of rain and more flooding over a broad coastal region. [...]

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