Thursday, September 01, 2005


A few facts.

  • A city of half a million people has been brought to its knees
  • At least half a million people have overnight lost their homes, their jobs, have nowhere to go and nothing to eat
  • Louisiana supplies 25% of US natural gas
  • 25% of US exports go through Louisiana's ports
  • Louisiana is among the top ten states in the production of sugar cane (2nd), sweet potatoes (2nd), rice (3rd), cotton (5th) and pecans (5th).
  • Louisiana is America's third largest producer of petroleum and the third leading state in petroleum refining.
  • Louisiana produces 25 percent of the nation's petrochemicals
  • Louisiana's commercial fishing industry produces 25 percent of all the seafood in America
  • Over 100,000 people embark or disembark from a cruise through the Port of New Orleans each year
  • Louisiana is the nation's largest handler of grain for export to world markets. More than 40 percent of the U.S. grain exports move through Louisiana ports. This additionally means that 40% of US global food relief exports have now ground to a halt, making the impact of Katrinia worldwide

I hate to say it, but this is the biggest disaster to hit the US. Ever.


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