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Rational Public Policy Goal of Penn's Post-Katrina
Conference on Risk and Disasters
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Giegengack contended it is untenable to continue to try to maintain a major port city on the delta of the Mississippi River, while Foster said rising sea levels and environmental degradation create the inevitability of more disasters. “Any money spent to rebuild New Orleans at this present site is money down the drain,” said Giegengack. He compared New Orleans to Pompeii, predicting eventual destruction of the city, which is America's busiest port. Foster and Giegengack agree that it would be more feasible to protect the higher-lying regions of the city in the short term, but pointed out that the long-term prospects of the city, in its present location, are poor.

The conference was organized by Penn Provost and Penn Law Professor Ronald Daniels. The Fels Institute and the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center also participated. Following the conference, the University of Pennsylvania Press published an “insta-book” called “On Risk and Disaster: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina.” Included in the book, which was released in January, is a paper from Professor Adler titled “Equity Analysis and Natural Hazards Policy.”

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