'Preparedness, not less oil'

Runoff from Hurricane Sandy hadn't dried before some were declaring it "the storm of the century." Maybe it was, but it's too early to say for sure. Despite the immense destruction, it certainly wasn't the biggest natural disaster in the world or even in the US. "Historical records show that worse hurricanes have occurred before but did less damage because there were fewer homes and businesses in the path of the storm surge," reported Physicians for Civil Defense (PCD), a nonprofit group in Tucson, Ariz. Climate-change proponents were equally quick to blame civilization's carbon footprint for generating more numerous and more destructive storms. But PCD said, "The...

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