Have government subsidies to develop environmentally sensitive regions, such as those in hurricane prone areas, helped foster the destruction of both habitat and people’s property? Well the answer is yes, according to a study by Sterling Burnett of the National Center for Policy Analysis, who has this to say: “The government should not foster development in environmentally sensitive, highly disaster prone areas. Federally subsidized flood insurance and Army Corp levee and beach erosion programs encourage building on coastal wetlands and in flood plains leaving people one hurricane or flood away from devastation. New Orleans is a prime-example of where government development subsidies turned a bad weather event into a catastrophic human tragedy.”

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