A Katrina survivor himself,Verchick is on leave from his job as a professor of environmental law at Loyola University in New Orleans to serve in the Obama administration. His book makes a powerful case for reshaping federal laws and policies in order to better protect wetlands, forests and rivers — what Verchick calls “green infrastructure” — and to ensure that the poor and all those living “on the wrong side of the ecological tracks” receive special attention when disaster strikes.
Small chance of getting anything like that through Congress now. We’re still spending billions on the war, though, aren’t we? Even though a government’s first job is to protect its citizens.