by Monica Showalter
The Biden administration has the East Palestine, Ohio, toxic train wreck all figured out.
Just blame Trump.
No wonder it hasn’t done jack for the battered Ohio community, whose residents had to flee their homes based on toxic fumes from the wreck, and who continue to fear for their safety as officials assure them that all’s safe. After all, there’s no evidence these guys actually care if they get poisoned.
Why should they? If it happens, they will blame Trump.
Here’s how bad it is, according to a splendid editorial from Issues & Insights titled “Amtrak Joe couldn’t be bothered to visit a train wreck”:
Official word from the White House accuses “congressional Republicans and former Trump administration officials” for selling out “to rail industry lobbyists when they dismantled the Obama-Biden rail safety protections as well as EPA powers to rapidly contain spills.” The administration believes Trump, who beat Biden Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg (who is utterly useless) to the site, and GOP lawmakers, owe “East Palestine an apology.”
“Congressional Republicans laid the groundwork for the Trump administration to tear up requirements for more effective train brakes,” Andrew Bates, a deputy White House press secretary, ranted on Wednesday, “and last year most House Republicans wanted to defund our ability to protect drinking water.”
The must-read editorial points out that even the press — you read that right — the press, is pointing out what nonsense these claims are, starting with USAToday:
“Jennifer Homendy, who chairs the National Transportation Safety Board, said the brake rule would not have prevented the East Palestine derailment because it was proposed for ‘high-hazard flammable’ trains carrying 20 or more loaded tank cars. The train that derailed did not meet that threshold,” writes USA Today’s Joey Garrison.
Forbes, The Hill and even Newsweek also referred to Homendy’s statement.
Homendy actually blasted Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s statements as “misinformation,” citing tripe like this dreary excuse-making Buttigieg tweet claiming: “We’re constrained by law on some areas of rail regulation (like the braking rule withdrawn by the Trump administration in 2018 because of a law passed by Congress in 2015), but we are using the powers we do have to keep people safe.”
No, that’s not what’s happening. That’s “narrative,” and from an inattentive administration focused on covering the administration’s backside as its priority. They don’t actually pay attention to what actually happened. Nor do they care.
In a fact-check put out by the Washington Free Beacon, not only would Homendy’s notation have held water, here’s the actual Biden record:
Furthermore, the Biden administration has done little to revive the braking rule, which would have mandated technology that would enable all rail cars on a single train system to apply brakes simultaneously.
Federal officials told the Washington Post that the Biden administration tried to restart the rule, only to drop the effort after a cost-benefit analysis showed the cost-prohibitive regulation would produce little real-world benefits.
Meanwhile, somewhere out there, there are some pros within government who do their jobs, though, and have no stomach for this spin, starting with Homendy.
That’s a substantial warning to the Bidenites that the government’s willingness to blame Trump for every problem out there has limits.
Those officials are charged with finding out what happened, and with Buttigieg making up a blame-Trump narrative out of thin air, it’s pretty obvious that the transportation secretary has absolutely no interest in actually finding out what happened.
It should have never ever even been a legitimate issue from the beginning. This administration has had a little over two years to change anything it didn’t agree with. God knows they changed far too many other things from the get-go that didn’t need changing. And I’m sure if the experts still employed in the NTSB had a serious problem with anything that the previous administration did under its watch that they would have been screaming for change.
The idiot regime considered reimplementing it but actually did a cost/benefit analysis and found it wouldn’t be beneficial, which is what I suspected the Trump administration did and came to the same conclusion.
The Democrats are always looking for Scapegoats to blame and falling on their faces to
Petes incompetent he was as Mayor, we know how he got his job, he gave up his run to be CIC for a reward to ease Bidens basement blitz to the Whitehouse.
The real culprit here is the Head of the EPA, hapless equity bullshit he pushes while completely ignoring he is to protect the environment not the agenda. Oh I know why he cant be attacked the same reason they wouldnt impeach Barry. None the less the biggest FU was the uncontrolled burn Whos bright idea was that. The Governors wouldnt know that the chemicals would turn into dioxins, this is clearly spelled out in government papers on the Chemical as well as its proper and expensive clean up procedures.
The administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency is the head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and is thus responsible for enforcing the nation’s Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, as well as numerous other environmental statutes.
His elevation to that role was widely praised by environmental groups because of his track record for addressing environmental racism and supporting policy to address climate change.
Mike and Pete need to resign in shame.
That these incompetent criminals blame Trump is no surprise. They are too stupid to do anything else. But that doesn’t explain or excuse the fact that the federal government didn’t do a damned thing for the people of East Palestine, which Joy Behar explains why pretty clearly: they don’t vote for Democrats. Thanks to the folks of East Palestine, another 5,000 fraudulent votes would be required to carry Ohio.
02/25/23 – Texas and Michigan officials say they didn’t know water, soil from Ohio train wreck would be transported into their jurisdictions –
That’s what you get when you don’t regulate corporate behavior.
Corporations are over-regulated…unless they paid to install Democrats to line their pockets, like Pfizer, Blackrock, and Medicare providers…
Remind us again what party holds the Oval Office which appoints those, like Pothole Pet, to make sure those regulations are adhered to.
Dont like the plan? Better write the head of the incompetent EPA
EPA Administrator Michael Regan said the agency is ordering Norfolk Southern to clean up. EPA will oversee it. The company will have to produce a work plan. EPA will then have to approve it.
I dont think Michigan will be getting any of the over 1 million gallons of toxic waste water. better look for a real news source, CNN bwahahahaha.
Nothing seems settled as yet but poor Regan now everyone is watching his enormous FU.
I hope they dump it in Bidens fall out shelter.
Fill idiot Biden’s, Obama’s, Pelosi’s and Buttplug’s pools with it.
No, that’s what you get when election fraud puts criminals in office. Why didn’t the EPA know the contaminated water was being shipped out? I thought they were “on the scene”? That’s what idiot Biden used as his excuse for not going to East Palestine (which is actually best, since he is a moron). He’s not going because he’s afraid of sniffing little girl’s hair there.
Why did Deepwater Horizon not have the proper safely equipment to control a blow-out? Because BP made contributions to Obama and got waivers in return. Why is NS running the show on the site of their environmental disaster? Probably should find out, but you can bet money in idiot Biden’s pocket is a factor.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/aug/10/colorado-spill-animas-river-durango-toxic-orange This is how the EPA protects you
And no one gets punished.