Worst American Disasters
There is a great story in the Washington Post print edition today with a graphic identifying America’s worst disasters.
I think they left some things out, probably many, many disasters about which we are unaware or only locally cognizant. Here is what WP has on its list:
· BP oil spill is among the worst.
· Dead zones in the Chesapeake Bay
· Exxon Valdez
· Three Mile Island
· The Dust Bowl
· Bison Slaughter
Notably absent about which I am aware, is the United States Navy’s trashing of San Francisco Bay that will take 10 million years of natural restoration to recover. Of course, there was the Love Canal too. Then there is the cleaning stuff I use to get the scum off of the bathtub, and the Cascade dish powder that we use so liberally.
Don't forget the Conan O'Brien disaster, and the Michael Richards disaster.
Then Vietnam, Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan...etc.
“Historians debate designation of 'worst environmental disaster' in U.S.
So, was he right?
Historians, predictably, say that depends on what he meant by "worst" and "disaster." The Dust Bowl of the 1930s caused more social upheaval. The Exxon Valdez spill had a higher wildlife death toll. The pesticide DDT affected a wider swath of the country.
But just asking the question reveals a depressing truth about the current catastrophe. It has a great deal in common with the others: private interests that took risks in search of a payoff; a government that wasn't trying hard enough to stop them.
The Deepwater Horizon rig sank on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. That was a special irony: It happened on a day that promised that Americans had learned from their mistakes.”
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