"Houston's sprawl gave the city terrible traffic and an outsized pollution footprint even before the hurricane. When the rains came, the vast paved-over area meant that rising waters had nowhere to go," wrote Paul Krugman in his Monday New York Times column.Who knew Paul Krugman was an urban planning expert and civil engineer? Well, actually Krugman is probably not an expert on those topics. Krugman is wrong about Houston. Houston flooded because it got almost a year's worth of rain over a matter of days. So is Krugman just ignorant or flat out lying? You will have to make that determination on your own.
According to analysis from the University of Wisconsin's Space Science and Engineering Center, Hurricane Harvey was a 1-in-1,000-year event, dumping nearly 20 trillion gallons of water on the Houston area in only a few days. No amount of planning or infrastructure can handle that kind of water, Sander notes. Even for green fields, "little water beyond a two- or five-year event is infiltrating anyway."
Maybe Paul has a touch of toxoplasmosis? I am not an expert on cats like Paul Krugman (or medicine and communicable cat diseases for that matter), so I do not know.
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