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Monday, September 05, 2005

Clintons "Katrina Commission"

WASHINGTON - With many blaming the growing scope of Katrina's devastation on the Bush administration, Sen. Hillary Clinton called yesterday for a 9/11-style probe into how the federal government responded to the crisis.

"It has become increasingly evident that our nation was not prepared," Clinton (D-N.Y.) said in a letter to Bush asking him to set up a "Katrina Commission."

"The slow pace of relief efforts in the face of a mounting death toll ... seems to confirm that our ability to respond to cataclysmic disasters has not been adequately addressed," she said.

Clinton has decided at least one thing without waiting for any commission reports. She said she plans to introduce legislation to split the Federal Emergency Management Agency out of the Department of Homeland Security and give it back a cabinet-level director like it had in her husband's administration.

“her husband's administration”
1992-2000


Costliest Hurricanes

Table 3: The 30 costliest tropical cyclones to strike the U.S. mainland, with addendum for Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. Damages are listed in US dollars and are not adjusted for inflation.



Table 3: The 30 costliest tropical cyclones to strike the U.S. mainland, with addendum for Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. Damages are listed in US dollars and are not adjusted for inflation.

Rank Hurricane Year Category Damage
1 Andrew (SE FL, SE LA) 1992 5 26,500,000,000
2 Charley (SW FL) 2004 4 15,000,000,000
3 Ivan (AL/NW FL) 2004 3 14,200,000,000
4 Frances (FL) 2004 2 8,900,000,000
5 Hugo (SC) 1989 4 7,000,000,000
6 Jeanne (FL) 2004 3 6,900,000,000
7 Allison (N TX) 2001 TSa 5,000,000,000
8 Floyd 1999 2 4,500,000,000
9 Isabel (Mid-Atlantic) 2003 2 3,370,000,000
10 Fran (NC) 1996 3 3,200,000,000
11 Opal (NW FL, AL) 1995 3 3,000,000,000

12 Frederic (AL, MS) 1979 3 2,300,000,000
13 Agnes (FL, NE U.S.) 1972 1 2,100,000,000
14 Alicia (N TX) 1983 3 2,000,000,000
15 Bob (NC, NE U.S.) 1991 2 1,500,000,000
16 Juan (LA) 1985 1 1,500,000,000
17 Camille (MS, SE LA, VA) 1969 5 1,420,700,000
18 Betsy (SE FL, SE LA) 1965 3 1,420,500,000
19 Elena (MS, AL, NW FL) 1985 3 1,250,000,000
20 Georges (FL Keys, MS, AL) 1998 2 1,155,000,000
21 Gloria (Eastern US) 1985 3 900,000,000
22 Lili (SC LA) 2002 1 860,000,000
23 Diane (NE U.S.) 1955 1 831,700,000
24 Bonnie (NC, VA) 1998 2 720,000,000
25 Erin (NW FL) 1995 2 700,000,000
26 Allison (N TX) 1989 TSa 500,000,000
27 Alberto (NW FL, GA, AL) 1994 TSa 500,000,000
28 Frances (TX) 1998 TSa 500,000,000
29 Eloise (NW FL) 1975 3 490,000,000
30 Carol (NE U.S.) 1954 3 461,000,000

Addendum (Rank is independent of other events in group)
15 Georges (USVI, PR) 1998 3 1,800,000,000
15 Iniki (Kaua'i, HI) 1992 Unknown 1,800,000,000
17 Marilyn (USVI, PR) 1995 2 1,500,000,000
21 Hugo (USVI, PR) 1989 4 1,000,000,000
26 Hortense (PR) 1996 1 500,000,000



Mrs. Clinton … maybe we should have that commission … and include the above highlighted hurricanes and their damage into the investigation?

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