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Expert slams Trump response to Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria: How You Can Help the People of Puerto Rico (5 photos)

Donald Trump (and his handful of supporters) have defended his pathetic response to the devastation in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. Reports coming from Puerto Rico dispute everything Trump has said. Trump’s response to criticism from the Mayor of San Juan was to lash out over Twitter. Disgusting. Well, enter the former head of the United… Continue Reading →

Finally! Hospital ship heading to Puerto Rico

It’s about damn time:

WASHINGTON – Federal and military aid for Puerto Rico increased Tuesday, including news that the hospital ship Comfort would be deployed, as officials got a clearer picture of the obscene destruction Hurricane Maria wrought on the U.S. territory.

What federal officials visiting the island have found: Eighty percent of the island’s electrical transmission system – its substations and transmission lines, – and 100 percent of its distribution system was damaged by the storm, said Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, a Pentagon spokesman.

As of Tuesday, only 11 of Puerto Rico’s 69 hospitals had fuel or power, Davis said.

On Tuesday, Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Brock Long told reporters at the White House that it was dispatching the Navy hospital ship Comfort, a converted super tanker with 1,000 beds, 12 operating rooms, a CAT-scan, and radiology capabilities to Puerto Rico.

CNN panel: ‘Is Maria Donald Trump’s Katrina?’

Hurricane photo for online (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Bill Huntington)

Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble.. – Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017 …It’s old electrical grid, which was in terrible shape, was devastated. Much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollars…. – Donald J. Trump… Continue Reading →

Why is no one sending aid to Puerto Rico?

Toxic waste in the post-global warming world


If you’ve been following this story, you already know that Texas exempted itself from the FEMA rules that requires them to maintain a record of all toxic substances on sites so that first responders know what they’re dealing with. FREEDUMB! Nice that they won’t be sharing that info with the public as they clean this up:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it has recovered 517 containers of “unidentified, potentially hazardous material” from highly contaminated toxic waste sites in Texas that flooded last month during Hurricane Harvey.

The agency has not provided details about which Superfund sites the material came from, why the contaminants at issue have not been identified and whether there’s a threat to human health.

The one-sentence disclosure about the 517 containers was made Friday night deep within a media release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency summarizing the government’s response to the devastating storm.

At least a dozen Superfund sites in and around Houston were flooded in the days after Harvey’s record-shattering rains stopped. Associated Press journalists surveyed seven of the flooded sites by boat, vehicle and on foot. The EPA said at the time that its personnel had been unable to reach the sites, though they surveyed the locations using aerial photos.

The Associated Press reported Monday that a government hotline also received calls about three spills at the U.S. Oil Recovery Superfund site, a former petroleum waste processing plant outside Houston contaminated with a dangerous brew of cancer-causing chemicals. Records obtained by the AP showed workers at the site reported spills of unknown materials in unknown amounts.

Cat 4 Hurricane Maria slams Puerto Rico

If only we treated them like real Americans:

Hurricane Maria slammed into eastern Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning as a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm, bringing vicious winds, storm surge and rain to areas across the island before weakening to a Category 3 by the afternoon.

As of noon local time, 100 percent of customers of Puerto Rico’s sole energy provider were without power, according to the island’s emergency and disaster management agency.

The hurricane’s eyewall passed over Vieques around 4 a.m. Eastern time before heading toward the main island, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm made landfall on the eastern part of the island, near Yabucoa, around 6:15 a.m. with wind speeds of up to 155 mph.

Maximum wind speeds had slowed to 140 mph by 11 a.m., the NHC said.

Maria is expected to move off Puerto Rico’s shore by the afternoon and start traveling northwest toward the Dominican Republic. It will likely remain a dangerous hurricane for the next few days and gain intensity as it moves across the water, bringing “life-threatening storm surge” to the islands in its path, according to the NHC.

“This is the most devastating storm either in a century or quite frankly in modern history,” Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló told CNN on Wednesday. “What’s critical right now is for people to recognize that the breadth of the storm is still to come. There’s a lot of flooding, there’s a lot of infrastructure damage, but the only thing that should matter right now is that people should stay safe.”

Massive earthquake in Mexico City

A massive earthquake struck Mexico City Tuesday, causing buildings to crumble and panic as many ran for cover from the second major temblor in the country in two weeks. Officials with Mexico’s seismological agency calculated the epicenter nearly 100 miles south of the capital with a preliminary magnitude at 7.1, which packs a destructive power that… Continue Reading →

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