Cheney prevents power restoration in New Orleans


Richard Moore


The Priorities of Power 

Thursday, 15 September 2005 

This is unbelievable -- except that it's not. 

The day after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast,
killing hundreds of people and stranding thousands of the sick
and weak in hospitals without power, Vice President Dick
Cheney made a forceful personal intervention in the crisis: he
ordered a Mississippi energy utility to divert its emergency
crews from restoring power to rural hospitals and local water
supplies -- and instead set them to work on a pipeline that
sends fuel to the Northeast.

People were dying in hospitals; people were languishing in
damp, tropical heat, drinking dirty water tainted with death
and disease. But just as in his Vietnam War-dodging days,
Cheney had "other priorities." It didn't matter if a bunch of
sick darkies and old crackers kicked off in the boonies --
what really mattered was minimizing the political fallout from
any temporary gasoline shortages that might ensue from the

Just as in Iraq, so it is in Mississippi, in New Orleans, in
every state of the Union: The oil is what matters. The money
is what matters. The power is what matters. The political
posturing is what matters. The people -- the living,
breathing, individual human beings -- count for nothing at
all. Nothing. That's the Bushist Way.

Power Crews Diverted: Restoring Pipelines Came First 
(Hattiesburg American, via Froomkin, via Buzzflash) 

Excerpts: Shortly after Hurricane Katrina roared through South
Mississippi knocking out electricity and communication
systems, the White House ordered power restored to a pipeline
that sends fuel to the Northeast. That order - to restart two
power substations in Collins that serve Colonial Pipeline Co.
- delayed efforts by at least 24 hours to restore power to two
rural hospitals and a number of water systems in the Pine

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