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Discipline and carefully accumulated capital from centuries of profiting off the backs of poor wretches like the Bangladeshi.

Oh come on... Enough with the fashionable western self hate already.

Levees are an overestimated solution, and a rather figmental one for Bangladesh. Minor levees might work in the Ganges/Brahmaputra delta, but the thing is just a tad more impressive than the Rhine/Meuse delta, and packs a bit more punch in the monsoon season, or when it gets hit by a cyclone.

The coast of the Netherlands is as long as the coast of Bangladesh. If the Dutch could build good levees 50 years ago, the Bangladeshi should be able to do the same today, given that there are like 10 times as many of them. The fact that they regularly get massacred in the tens (or hundredes) of thousands by cyclones should give them a strong extra incentive if they value the lifes of their countrymen.

The reason they're not doing is not because it can't be done or they can't afford it, but because they can't get their shit together. Just like New Orleans.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Tue Sep 8th, 2009 at 11:13:13 AM EST
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