Skip to comments.Texas governor demands apology over newspaper's plant blast cartoon
Posted on 04/27/2013 5:37:46 AM PDT by JoeProBono
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is demanding an apology from a California newspaper that published a cartoon that seemed to link his push for less regulations to the recent fertilizer plant explosion that killed 14.
"The Sacramento Bee published a disgusting 'cartoon' mocking the deadly explosion in West. While I will always welcome healthy policy debate, I won't stand for someone mocking the tragic deaths of my fellow Texans and our fellow Americans. I have written the editor and asked that they apologize to the citizens of West," Perry wrote on his official Facebook page.
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To paraphrase our pResident: God Bless Texas!
OMG that is tacky. California has really sunk to new low levels when they can even think of publishing something like that.
Don’t hold your breath on that one!El Rushbo has(for years)railed against The Sacramento Bee for it’s”slavishness”to THE LEFT!!I’m sure he will address this on monday.California is”crying the blues”because businesses are leaving in droves for”business-friendly”states like Texas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
California’s like a third world country. There’s uber elite sections of Californian spewing out liberal elites and vast networks of illegals and lower class types propping those elite liberals up. The middle class is dying in California... and they’re losing companies to other States. That’s where the anger’s coming from - it why the paper printed a jealousy-based type cartoon.
Perry is trying to prove what government works, and what doesn’t. Only problem is liberals would rather burn their state down rather than emulate a conservative one. They really
I deal with industrial companies all the time here in Georgia. When it comes to getting building permits we are consistently told by local permit departments, especially when dealing with hazardous or compustable materials, that building and operations must comply with federal building codes. I’m sure the fertilizer plant was in complete compliacne with federal codes. Just because Texas has low regulations does not mean they can reduce regulations below federal requirements. The BallSac newspaper is a piece of crap.
This is an opportunity. Instead of demanding an apology the leftist haters won’t give, how about an “editorial cartoon contest” for Texans to create a cartoon as offensive to Californians as this cartoon was to Texans.
Offer, say, a $1,000 prize to each of the top 10 cartoons chosen that really offends Californians. $10,000 total. You can bet there would be a lot of takers, and the ‘purse’ is small enough that it could probably be raised from contributions.
SacBee knows who and what side “their” bread is buttered on, sadly Kalifornicate’s butter is rapidly turning to cheap margarine.
Im sure the fertilizer plant was in complete compliacne with federal codes. Just because Texas has low regulations does not mean they can reduce regulations below federal requirements. The BallSac newspaper is a piece of crap.
At some point in the future we may know if they met compliance standards. Info isn’t that easy to obtain from the public info about the explosion.
A few things will be explored as this analysis moves forward. From an article linked below:
Fertilizer plants and depots must report to the DHS when they hold 400 lb (180 kg) or more of the substance. Filings this year with the Texas Department of State Health Services, which weren’t shared with DHS, show the plant had 270 tons of it on hand last year.
A U.S. congressman and several safety experts called into question on Friday whether incomplete disclosure or regulatory gridlock may have contributed to the disaster.
Apart from the DHS, the West Fertilizer site was subject to a hodgepodge of regulation by the EPA, OSHA, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Office of the Texas State Chemist.
But the material is exempt from some mainstays of U.S. chemicals safety programs. For instance, the EPA’s Risk Management Program (RMP) requires companies to submit plans describing their handling and storage of certain hazardous chemicals. Ammonium nitrate is not among the chemicals that must be reported.
In its RMP filings, West Fertilizer reported on its storage of anhydrous ammonia and said that it did not expect a fire or explosion to affect the facility, even in a worst-case scenario. And it had not installed safeguards such as blast walls around the plant.
A separate EPA program, known as Tier II, requires reporting of ammonium nitrate and other hazardous chemicals stored above certain quantities. Tier II reports are submitted to local fire departments and emergency planning and response groups to help them plan for and respond to chemical disasters. In Texas, the reports are collected by the Department of State Health Services. Over the last seven years, according to reports West Fertilizer filed, 2012 was the only time the company stored ammonium nitrate at the facility.
It reported having 270 tons on site.
Just because Perry flubbed a debate, which 99.9% of us would do likewise, by no means indicates he is not one of the best Governors Texas has had.
California mind set it’s expected.
Yep, Cali is regulated to the hilt - and what is stunning is how many lo fo’s really think bureaucratic regulators are about safety. HAH, they’re about control, period.
Most biz people in California ARE liberals.
The ones who turned the state I grew up into the commie police state cesspool that it is now. But I am not aware of any Californians dying in the accident near West, TX.
To which you replied that the people he called "fellow Americans," (the people who died) were not what you would call fellow Americans.
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