Thursday, July 18, 2024

Buttigieg’s Race-Baiting Response to Train Derailments, Toxic Explosions Sparks Backlash

'If something is not done, then it’s going to get worse, and the next derailment could be cataclysmic... '

(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.

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.

“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.

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.”

During a National Association of Counties conference on Monday, Buttigieg was laser focused on supposed racial inequalities plaguing the transportation industry.

Lawmakers ripped the Biden administration’s floundering response to the disasters, calling for accountability and answers from the transportation secretary.

Two other train derailments in South Carolina and Texas that were reported Monday did little to ease angst, fueling more calls for answers.

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