A climate dilemma for China

By Christina Larson

The world leader in economic growth and carbon emissions faces competing forces

Excerpts from this story referencing "chairman and CEO":

"… t on regulations and green energy], you can be,” says Norbert Reithofer, chairman and CEO of BMW Group, which operates a joint venture with the Chinese au …"

Louisiana sinkhole shatters calm, prompts buyouts on the bayou

By Ronnie Greene

A massive sinkhole roils a Louisiana bayou community — forcing many to seek buyouts, part of a U.S. trend of communities fighting to leave.

Excerpts from this story referencing "crude oil":

"… partment of Natural Resources. Natural gas filtered into the aquifer, and crude oil floated to the top of the sinkhole, about a third of a mile from the neare …"

"… fficials feared explosion hazards and “potentially toxic constituents of crude oil and other hydrocarbons,” though the state said continuous monitoring has …"

"… ad created a pathway to the nearby groundwater aquifer and the surface for crude oil and natural gas which had been confined in a hydrocarbon-bearing layer,” …"

"… hed the lower explosive limits,” Louisiana officials say. Concerned that crude oil and saltwater could spread to surface waters, the state ordered a containm …"

As FEMA funds run out, senators from states with most disasters oppose funding bill

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

Some senators supported disaster aid before they voted against it

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mark Pryor":

"… cluding the offsets, in order to speed the process along.Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor and Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill both backed the Democratic proposal …"

Post-Katrina FEMA still struggling

By Laurel Adams

FEMA’s lackluster response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita was blamed in part on poor coordination of funding, confusion over job roles, and

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… gency workers. Five years later, the agency’s internal watchdog says the Federal Emergency Management Agency still has improvements to make.“Despite the important role of individual …"

Top 10 failures of the Bush administration

By Andrew Green

In a break with precedent, when asked at his final press conference to name his administration’s biggest mistake, President George W. Bush r

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hurricane Katrina":

"… ushing for immigration reform, and he mentioned the government response to Hurricane Katrina, though he stopped short of calling it a mistake.He recognized, additional …"

Hurricanes expose FEMA woes

By The Center for Public Integrity

FEMA's deterioration in relationships with local partners since Brown took over resulted in lack of coordination and unpreparedness

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"… ps to continue this transformation.” …"

We can’t afford another flood

By The Center for Public Integrity

The National Flood Insurance Program might not have enough insurance to cover another Katrina

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… nment Accountability Office (GAO) warned in 2008. As of December 2007, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which oversees NFIP, still owed $17.3 billion against the loans it took f …"

Flood “protection” in New Orleans

By The Center for Public Integrity

The Army Corps of Engineers knew New Orleans' storm surge system couldn't handle major hurricanes but neglected to update it

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hurricane Katrina":

"… gates that surrounded New Orleans might not withstand a storm as strong as Hurricane Katrina. Despite this, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers neglected to update a syst …"

"… As John McQuaid reported in City Adrift, the Center’s investigation into Hurricane Katrina, federal and state panels traced, respectively, 70 percent and 88 percent …"

FEMA trailers filled with formaldehyde

By The Center for Public Integrity

Thousands of trailers purchased by FEMA for those displaced by Katrina emitted dangerous levels of formaldehyde

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokeswoman":

"… but nothing seems to work.” In response to a request for comment, a FEMA spokeswoman sent a statement that read, “FEMA neither knowingly, nor willingly, purc …"

SBA emergency assistance failed for Katrina

By The Center for Public Integrity

Within four months of Hurricane Katrina, the Small Business Administration had a backlog of more than 204,000 requests for assistance

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hurricane Katrina":

"… SBA, however, never considered how it would react to an event the size of Hurricane Katrina, which was followed within the next 60 days by Hurricanes Rita and Wilma. …"