Bigger Mess Than Expected
People generally don't think very deeply about the consequences of what they do. That's one reason we have building codes. When your neighbor puts up a tin sheet as a roof for his autoport, you might think it ugly, but it never occurs to you that it might become a lethal threat during high winds. Ever since the ancient pyramid at Meidum collapsed, we have been learning from catastrophe. The next one we are going to learn is how to store chemicals and cars in hurricane zones. Gregg Easterbrook points out that we may well have to permanently seal off parts of New Orleans simply because of a crazy-quilt of pollution.
The oil producers may have already learned some of these lessons. I have been surprised by the speed at which production in the Gulf is returning to normal.
UPDATE: InstaPundit highlights this post by Varifrank to clue us in on the next massive wave of NOLA pollution, a more mundane variety, but very toxic to the status quo. For some reason Varifrank is looking forward to it. It's about a dead fish.