Again and again we hear politicians and the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) justify the Savannah Harbor Expansion proposal as ironclad by the mere virtue of the many years taken to study it. While addressing a large group back in April, Curtis Foltz, Executive Director of GPA insisted “after $40 million and 12 years of study, do you really think there has been any short-changing?”
Well, yes — yes we do. We think that it took that long to come up with anything that could even approach something that looked like mitigation. The damage is that unavoidable. And of course, it took that long to come up with a way to do it within the federal limits of cost-benefit ratio. In spite of all that time and money, we think they have failed.
If you are one of those people who thinks that the Corps of Engineers is an infallible federal institution, The Big Uneasy is a must see. If you still think of Hurricane Katrina as purely a natural disaster, this film will open your eyes. The Big Uneasy tells the story of numerous costly mistakes by the Corps — and of an approval process that is very badly broken.
The first serious documentary by long-time “mockumentarian” Harry Shearer, The Big Uneasy follows three remarkable people–the leaders of two scientific investigation teams, and one whistleblower from inside the Army Corps of Engineers–as they reveal the true story of why New Orleans flooded.
Saturday, July 16th at the Lucas Theatre — 7:00 pm — Buy tickets here.