The government will pay more than $4 for each of the thousands of five-pound bags of ice ordered for Gulf Coast hurricane-relief efforts that are now sitting unused in tractor-trailers in Gloucester and across the United States, say shipping and ice-making experts.
The same five-pound bag of ice would cost about $1.50 at a neighborhood convenience store.
"It will cost close to $1 billion in trucking for $2 million worth of ice," said James Perdue, owner of J.L. Perdue trucking company of Kearney, Neb. [my em]
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So, how many people could have been helped find housing or whatever else they need in Katrina's aftermath? Instead, a $1 billion is pissed away moving frozen water everywhere east of the Mississippi. Ineptitude in action.