Friday, January 29, 2010

Earthquake Relief, American Style

Push to send FEMA trailers to Haiti stirs backlash

"The trailer industry and lawmakers are pressing the government to send Haiti thousands of potentially formaldehyde-laced trailers left over from Hurricane Katrina — an idea denounced by some as a crass and self-serving attempt to dump inferior American products on the poor.
“Just go ahead and sign their death certificate,” said Paul Nelson of Coden, Ala., who contends his mother died because of formaldehyde fumes in a FEMA trailer.
The 100,000 trailers became a symbol of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s bungled response to Katrina. The government had bought the trailers to house victims of the 2005 storm, but after people began falling ill, high levels of formaldehyde, a chemical that is used in building materials and can cause breathing problems and perhaps cancer, were found inside. Many of the trailers have sat idle for years, and many are damaged."

"The U.S. Agency for International Development, which is coordinating American assistance in Haiti, has expressed no interest in sending the trailers to the earthquake-stricken country. FEMA spokesman Clark Stevens declined to comment on the idea.
Haitian Culture and Communications Minister Marie Laurence Jocelyn Lassegue said Thursday she had not heard of the proposal but added: “I don’t think we would use them. I don’t think we would accept them.”

For the recreational-vehicle and trailer industry, which lost thousands of jobs during the recession, the push to send the units to Haiti is motivated by more than charity.
Bidding is under way in an online government-run auction to sell the trailers in large lots at bargain-basement prices — something the RV industry fears will reduce demand for new products. Some of the bids received so far work out to less than $500 for a trailer that would sell for about $20,000."


That's the old entrepreneurial spirit - dump death trailers on the earthquake victims to get them out of the country to protect your bottom line.

3 Comments:

Anonymous greencrow said...

Hi Nolo:

Here is the real reason for the Haiti Earthquake:

http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=17287

Canada doesn't have enough resources? It needs to flatten a poor country and then assist a behemoth monster to take it over and strangle the life out of it's people.

Beam me up, Scottie.

gc

30/1/10 11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right! It's is much better to let Haitian people live in the mud under a plastic tarp as a ceiling. That's much healthier than a warm secure trailer.

18/2/10 3:10 PM  
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