(Mark Pellin, Headline USA) A massive explosion that erupted from a train derailment in Ohio has been compared to America’s potential Chernobyl, but has received scant attention from the Biden administration and its mainstream media collaborators.
Two subsequent and similar train derailments in different parts of the country on Monday accelerated concerns about the Biden regime’s lack of response, with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg being roasted for his fixation, instead, on alleged racial inequities plaguing the transportation industry.
A so-called controlled release-and-burn of toxic chemicals from freight cars involved in a huge Norfolk Southern train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, on Feb. 3 spewed a nuclear-like explosion cloud over a vast expanse of the state and neighboring Pennsylvania, leading Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine to issue an evacuation from the town and surrounding areas.
The fact that we aren’t seeing wall to wall coverage of the vinyl chloride train derailment and explosion in East Palestine, Ohio, is insane.
An entire town can’t return home because the water is contaminated, livestock/crops are destroyed, and reporters are being arrested. pic.twitter.com/j6sDlA7Twt
— 𐎡𐎤𐎫𐎤𐏂-𐎽𐎤𐎱𐎨 🦋 (@belet_seri) February 9, 2023
Suspicions were further fueled when a NewsNation reporter was hauled away in handcuffs for trying to report on DeWine’s new conference, a development that the governor called “shocking”.
“I got arrested because I was doing a live report about what people need to know!” said Evan Lambert.
Ohio reporter, Evan Lambert, was arrested last week for trying to expose the truth. #OhioChernobyl #OhioTrainDisaster pic.twitter.com/pDY9cVrbNK
— Salty Irish☘Girl 🇺🇲 (@IrishAmerican27) February 14, 2023
“I would have told them to stop, because he has every right to be broadcasting, every right to be reporting,” DeWine told NewsNation.
The derailed train cars released a toxic mix of fumes into the air, ground and water, including the carcinogen vinyl chloride and myriad highly flammable and combustible chemicals, according to a list provided by the EPA. Buttigieg waited more than a week before publicly commenting on the disaster, and then it was only to assure residents that the Biden EPA was on the case.
10 days too late. Resign. https://t.co/bBph3ykZ50
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) February 14, 2023
Buttigieg’s assurances drew responses similar to a proposal floated by Norfolk Southern, after officials offered to have their representatives test homes in the area for fallout. Sil Caggiano, a hazardous materials specialist, told MSNBC that was “like the fox guarding your henhouse.”
“We basically nuked a town with chemicals so we could get a railroad open,” he said.
The alarm was shared by Ron Kaminkow, an Amtrak locomotive engineer and former Norfolk Southern freight engineer, according to The Guardian.
“The Palestine wreck is the tip of the iceberg and a red flag,” said Kaminkow, who is secretary for the Railroad Workers United. “If something is not done, then it’s going to get worse, and the next derailment could be cataclysmic.”
I had NO IDEA how bad the Ohio train derailment was… Which brings me to the question: WHY didn’t we all know how bad the Ohio train derailment and this subsequent chemical explosion was??
Excuse me, Mr. Diversity Hire @PeteButtigieg.
We want answers—NOWpic.twitter.com/r4Z21FYu2X
— Xaviaer DuRousseau (@XAVIAERD) February 13, 2023
During a National Association of Counties conference on Monday, Buttigieg was laser focused on supposed racial inequalities plaguing the transportation industry.
Pete Buttigieg, Transportation Secretary, didn’t talk about the East Palestine, Ohio train derailment & toxic chemical release. Instead, he spent his time saying there are too many white people who work construction.
You can’t make this up. pic.twitter.com/5Dlj2r0zDe
— Grand Old Patriots🇺🇸 (@GrandOlPatriots) February 13, 2023
Lawmakers ripped the Biden administration’s floundering response to the disasters, calling for accountability and answers from the transportation secretary.
Pete Buttigieg has finally emerged today.
Not a single comment about the train crash in Ohio.
Instead, he bemoaned the whiteness of the construction industry.
It’s a miracle that this country is able to function at all under this regime.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) February 13, 2023
Time to call in @PeteButtigieg for questioning for what is happened to the great people of Ohio train derailment & toxic chemical spill!
The media won’t talk about this ecological disaster/public health crisis, but I will – and we *will* get answers
People’s lives are in danger! pic.twitter.com/X0mBWWzTBn
— Anna Paulina Luna (@VoteAPL) February 13, 2023
Two other train derailments in South Carolina and Texas that were reported Monday did little to ease angst, fueling more calls for answers.
🚨#BREAKING: Emergency Crews Respond To Deadly Train Derailment Near Houston⁰⁰📌#Houston | #Texas⁰⁰Officials are now responding to another deadly train derailment near Houston, TX. Over 16 rail cars, carrying “hazardous materials”crashed, prompting Union Pacific to monitor… https://t.co/Fe17VJ3Zj7 pic.twitter.com/8iiA8NFvmC
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) February 13, 2023
🚨There is now a THIRD train derailment in Enoree, South Carolina
No confirmation yet of any casualties or chemical spills
All we know is that something is seriously wrong with our train systems
Where is Pete Buttigieg?!
Where is the media coverage?!https://t.co/kR7vyNuDcl
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) February 13, 2023