The Sierra Club is directing people to this article in the Jackson, Miss. Clarion-Ledger:
Federal officials appear to be seeking proof to blame the flood of New Orleans on environmental groups, documents show.Federal officials say the e-mail was prompted by a congressional inquiry but wouldn’t comment further.
The Clarion-Ledger has obtained a copy of an internal e-mail the U.S. Department of Justice sent out this week to various U.S. attorneys’ offices: “Has your district defended any cases on behalf of the (U.S.) Army Corps of Engineers against claims brought by environmental groups seeking to block or otherwise impede the Corps work on the levees protecting New Orleans? If so, please describe the case and the outcome of the litigation.”
Cynthia Magnuson, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department, said Thursday she couldn’t comment “because it’s an internal e-mail.”
…Federal officials say the e-mail was prompted by a congressional inquiry but wouldn’t comment further.
The Sierra Club has been refuting the Rovevelian/FOX News stories that Katrina’s damage is somehow the fault of environmentalists. But as is so often the case in Bushworld, the spin on their side translates into easy sound bites (The environmentalists are at fault. State and local government is at fault. There’s not enough proof of global warming.), whereas the facts take a minute or two to understand. And most of Bush’s followers’ attention spans are almost as short as his.
Whoever is behind the e-mail may have spotted the Sept. 8 issue of National Review Online that chastised the Sierra Club and other environmental groups for suing to halt the corps’ 1996 plan to raise and fortify 303 miles of Mississippi River levees in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas.
The corps settled the litigation in 1997, agreeing to hold off on some work until an environmental impact could be completed. The National Review article concluded: “Whether this delay directly affected the levees that broke in New Orleans is difficult to ascertain.”
The problem with that conclusion? […]