The Times-Picayune reports Gustav forecast still aimed at central Louisiana coast. “This morning’s first National Hurricane Center forecast still has Tropical Storm Gustav arriving at the Louisiana coast just south of Morgan City and Houma at 1 a.m. Tuesday as a major Category 3 hurricane with top winds of 115 mph.”
As noted in yesterday’s Four at Four, the LA Times reports the Storm could postpone Republican convention. “Party officials are discussing the possibility of postponing convention proceedings if the threat to New Orleans and other Gulf Coast areas grows. If there is serious damage in the Gulf Coast, images of Republicans partying in Minneapolis-St. Paul could be an embarrassing reminder of the Bush administration’s delayed response to Hurricane Katrina three years ago… A damaging hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico also could highlight the risk of offshore drilling in the area at a time when McCain is championing the practice.”
And just as a reminder about Republicans, here’s a story from the AP from May: Alaska will sue over polar bear listing, Palin says. “[Palin] and other Alaska elected officials fear a listing will cripple oil and gas development in prime polar bear habitat off the state’s northern and northwestern coasts… Climate models that predict continued loss of sea ice, the main habitat of polar bears, during summers are unreliable, Palin said.” Palin will be the excuse John McCain needs to flip-flop his support to be pro-drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Four at Four continues with walruses and the shrinking Arctic sea ice, long overdue “dirty war” justice in Argentina, and the lost ‘cities’ of the Amazon.