January 29, 2006

ANYONE DOUBT THIS IS WHAT A PRE-KATRINAS PROJECT IN N.O. WOULD HAVE GONE LIKE?:

Tide of opinion turns against Venice dam (Hilary Clarke, 29/01/2006, Daily Telegraph)

A multi-billion pound project to stop Venice disappearing under water is itself in danger of sinking under the weight of opposition from the city's mayor and the European Commission.

Brussels is concerned about the impact the £2.9 billion Moses dam project could have on the environment, while Venice's own council believes the cash would be better spent on maintaining buildings.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 29, 2006 8:00 PM
Comments

There is one city in the world like Venice, there are thousands of places where you can find swampland. So they should sacrifice the city to preserve the swamps? Tell me how this makes sense.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at January 29, 2006 8:36 PM

By "maintaining buildings" I think they mean water-proofing them, and buying galoshes for people who work on the first floor.

Posted by: pj at January 29, 2006 9:12 PM

Perhaps it should have been named the Lenin Dam.

Otherwise, this isn't funny. Venice is, sigh...

Posted by: Genecis at January 29, 2006 9:22 PM

I wonder how many members of Venice's council are property owners and what the standard cut is when the government spends money on their houses.

Posted by: Jason Johnson at January 29, 2006 11:22 PM

I love this, ... and affect bird migrations. How many kids died because we banned DDT and "saved" the birds instead of them?

Hey, I just had a brainstorm, let's drain the Adriatic into North Africa and irrigate the Sahara desert killing two problem birds with one stone. Restore the Sahara to fertile abundance and drop the water level in Venice.

Posted by: erp at January 30, 2006 9:44 AM
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