Will Yellowstone Eruption Be Obama’s Katrina?
With earthquake swarms rattling Yellowstone National Park, seismologists speculating about whether a mega-eruption is imminent and Wyoming residents raising tough questions about the danger of such an event in local newspapers, I can’t help but wonder why Barack Obama hasn’t told the American people how he’s going to save us from the carnage sure to follow the imminent volcanic eruption at Yellowstone.
Okay, perhaps “imminent” is too strong a word, but a review of three key facts leads me to conclude that now is the time for the president-elect to speak up and allay some fears:
Fact #1 — Some 500 earthquakes rattled the area around Yellowstone between Dec. 26 and Jan. 1. Surely, 500 earthquakes — 16 of which exceeded magnitude 3.0 and 86 of which topped 2.0.
Fact #2 — In much the same manner as meteorologists predicted Hurricane Obama would strike the Gulf Coast in August 2005, Yellowstone-watching seismologists say such an eruption is probable if not imminent.
Fact #3 — In a letter to the editor published today in the Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, Thomas James Bleming of Lusk, Wyo., asked a question that should have seized the attention of the Hope-and-Changer-in-Chief: “Remember the debacle that unveiled a few years ago during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that hit the Gulf Coast?”
Since winning the presidency two months ago, Obama has shared his views on several major issues, ranging from the ongoing economic crisis to the terror attacks in Mumbai. Now, one must believe he wants to avoid the kind of criticism that has haunted President George W. Bush after the federal government’s response to Hurricane Katrina was viewed as inadequate at best and incompetent at worst.
Yes, now is the time, Mr. Obama. It’s time for you to tell the American people how you will protect the nation from the carnage that’s certain to follow such a cataclysmic event.