The major commercial networks and even PBS were apparently all too busy pushing bogus Tory/GOP talking points on the BP spill Friday night* to mention this, so it fell to a radio network, NPR, to tell us that the sand berms that Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal wants so badly a) won’t work, b) won’t last, c) are being made without any sort of oversight, much less proper scientific oversight, and d) may well make things worse (such as by choking off the wetlands) in the short time they exist before even normal wave action in the Gulf starts to wear at them:
"The structure that I see that they’re planning to build is going to erode as soon as it’s constructed, and it’s going to have a tough time making it through a hurricane season that’s predicted to be a fairly active one," [coastal geologist Rob] Young tells NPR’s Melissa Block. "I just don’t have a very high level of confidence that a project that’s going to require a lot of energy and a lot of sand and mobilize a lot of people is going to do what they promise it will do."
What’s more, says Young, there could be unintended environmental consequences.
"We don’t know how that structure will impact storm surge or waves or currents. And whether there are possibilities that it might in fact draw more wet oil through some inlets than in other areas," he says.
Of course, those of you who are regular FDL readers already know all this, because Kirk Murphy told you all about it over two weeks ago: