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Getting Gouged

As the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season begins, climatologists are predicting another record-setting year of destructive weather. Historic hurricane data suggest the current 20- to 30-year hurricane cycle is less than half over, and some global-warming models show an increased atmospheric energy budget is adding strength to the storms that slam into American coastlines every year.

Consequently, as residents get ready to shutter their windows and take cover, companies that operate in coastal areas are bracing themselves for another season of business disruption and asset damage--as well as the price-gouging allegations that inevitably follow natural disasters.


Michael T. Burr

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