Ed Driscoll

"The Infamous Ray Nagin Memorial Motor Pool"

Junkyard Blog has an amazing post-Katrina overhead shot of a parking lot in New Orleans with 255 unused buses visible:

we count 255 buses in that one lot. That means at a capacity of 66 on board, 16,830 New Orleans residents could have been evacced out in one trip. Even if you have a lower capacity per bus, say 50 per bus, you’re still getting nearly 13,000 out in one run. In an emergency mandatory evacuation, you could probably get away with putting more than 66 on each of those buses.

When we said that the buses are now expenses instead of assets, this is what we meant. Not only are those buses ruined, their disuse resulting in lives lost, but now they’re spilling oil and gas out into the already polluted water. A spark near that slick could cause yet another fire and a whole new set of explosions.

Read the whole thing.