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Gulf Watch

Gulf Watch: Our message to Congress

March 3, 2007 - As we show in our new report, A New Agenda for the Gulf (pdf), the single biggest issue holding back the post-Katrina recovery is lack of bold leadership in Washington. Given the scope of the problem, only thoughtful and effective action by Congress and the White House can turn things around.

Gulf Watch: Tracking the 18 month anniversary

March 2, 2007 - President Bush is touring the Gulf Coast and media coverage of his visit and the 18-month anniversary of Katrina has been generally done a good job at revealing the ongoing problems in the region. For example, a piece by Reuters yesterday contrasts Bush's sense of "hope" with the realities on the ground:

Gulf Watch: Rita bus tragedy blamed on poor government oversight

February 23, 2007 - It was one of the most heartrending incidents that unfolded during the Hurricane Rita disaster: A motorcoach evacuating frail elderly residents and staff from a Texas assisted living facility in advance of the storm burst into flames on Interstate 45 near Dallas, killing 23 passengers and injuring 21 others.

Gulf Watch: Laissez les bons temps rouler!

By R. Neal
February 21, 2007 - It's Mardi Gras time in New Orleans and around the South. On the second Fat Tuesday since Katrina, the folks in New Orleans can forget their worries for a day and celebrate life. This New Orleans Times Picayune editorial says it best: