Let's hurry and build some oil wells

I suppose there's an upside. A good hurricane often equals lots of construction jobs ... lots of discretionary spending.


It's hard to detect over the internet...but before I pass judgement, was the part about construction jobs meant to be a joke?

Yes and no

As a person who has coastal property, I can say with confidence that storm damage triggers a lot of economic activity. Years ago, I saw every walkway to the beach rebuilt twice during one season. I'm not saying that it's a good thing or a bad thing. I'm saying it's a reality.

I'm also saying that reality would unfold at an entirely different magnitude ... with significantly higher risk ... if the repairs were being done to oil platforms.

I wouldn't disagree

I wouldn't disagree with anything you've written. Although the only thing that I would add is that that sort of economic activity is FAR from being efficient or optimal (but you're right - there is economic activity). I just wasn't sure if you were advocating the "broken window" fallacy.

My thoughts are with the many good folks on Ocracoke

and Hatteras where there's likely to be lots of damage...and at minimum, a hell of a time evacuating.

We've been through this ourselves and it's a real nightmare. I hope the Ocracoke folks will leave with the tourists because there's seemingly little they could do if Earl hits them hard. Nothing is that far above sea level and it's a far piece to get any help.

Stan Bozarth


I've been in one evacuation and it was a nightmare. Getting off the Outer Banks is no easy task ... especially around Labor Day Weekend.

And that short distance

between Hatteras and Ocracoke might as well be a hundred miles if either of the ferry landings are destroyed. I really do love Ocracoke, but (unless they've built one recently) there isn't even a school to serve as a shelter.