The total human and economic toll of Hurricane Harvey is not yet complete, but the current loss and estimated damage is staggering. Dozens of people have died; others may not be able to return to their homes for months; and petrochemical waste is leaking into the air and water at hazardous rates. The total economic impact is estimated to be as much as $30 billion dollars. While the city’s energy economy may recover fairly quickly, people living paycheck to paycheck and communities of color will have great difficulty rebounding from Harvey.
The above excerpt was originally published in The National Interest.
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