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Pete Buttigieg Blames Trump for Ohio Train Disaster

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Pete Buttigieg Blames Trump for Ohio Train Disaster

(FamilyConservationPAC.com) – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg is blaming former President Donald Trump for the train accident in East Palestine, Ohio, saying, “we’re bound by law in some aspects of rail regulation,” and citing a “braking rule” that was dropped under the Trump administration.

While it is true that the Department of Transportation (DOT) abandoned a planned regulation mandating trains carrying certain hazardous substances to employ electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brakes in 2018, this rule would not have applied to the train that derailed on February 3 in East Palestine.

Buttigieg said, “We’re bound by law in some aspects of rail regulation,” in response to the train crash on Tuesday. He referenced “the brake rule dropped by the Trump administration in 2018 because of a statute approved by Congress in 2015.”

Fact check: Unfortunately for Buttigieg, his assertion to blame Trump is wrong.

Jennifer Homendy, chair of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), said on Thursday that only trains designated as high-hazard flammable trains would have been subject to the order had it been in force.

Homendy said, “This implies even if the regulation had been in force, this train wouldn’t have had ECP brakes.” She implied that anybody who asserts differently is “spreading disinformation.”

Homendy’s remarks were supported by Norfolk Southern on Thursday, which informed Breitbart News that the train in issue “was not classified a high-hazard flammable train.”

As a result, the train operated by Norfolk Southern that derailed in East Palestine earlier this month would not have been subject to the braking restriction mentioned by Buttigieg.

And for the last two years, Buttigieg has served as the transportation secretary. Therefore, if he is concerned about purported limitations relating to rail regulation, he has had time to address these concerns.

Buttigieg seems to be giving other matters more priority.

At the National Association of Counties Conference on Monday, he suggested that there are too many white people employed in the construction industry and urged attendees to “really work with organized labor, to work with your contractors, to work with your community colleges on holding a workforce that reflects the community.”

Senator J.D. Vance (R-OH), who was in East Palestine on Thursday, said Fox News that the Biden administration should “stop blaming Donald Trump” for the Ohio train derailment.

“President Biden and I have not talked. My advice to him is relatively straightforward. The first point is that the Department of Transportation, your Department of Transportation, has options,” Vance added.

More than a dozen rail catastrophes are said to have occurred in the U.S. in 2023, including the recent Ohio train wreck in which carriages from a 150-car freight liner with dangerous chemicals smashed off the rails near East Palestine.

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics records 54,539 train derailments between 1990 to 2021, an average of 1,704 per year.

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