Oliver Roeder and Andrea Jones-Rooy on how disaster politics can get in the way of disaster preparedness. How humans make disasters worse. Harvey wasn’t just bad weather — it was bad city planning. The perils of deregulation: The chemical plant explosion in Texas is not an accident — it’s the result of specific choices. A sea of health and environmental hazards in Houston’s floodwaters. Harvey has morphed into a multi-pronged environmental disaster. Who will bear the financial burden for Harvey’s rampage? Not insurance companies. Now comes the uncomfortable question: Who gets to rebuild after Harvey? Don’t give money to the Red Cross — we need a new way.

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