Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg now blames TRUMP For Train Accidents

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Democrat Pete Buttigieg, a civil servant, has been heralded as an iconic hero for making his sexual preferences with his partner into a foundational political statement. Still, the truth is that he is not very good at doing the actual job which the taxpayers of the nation pay him to do.

Buttigieg has led the country in breastfeeding his adopted child while on an extended paternity leave, which frustrated Americans funded funded shortly after being celebrated by the left for being sworn into office with his husband. The event was noteworthy to the Democrats because the two gay men took the opportunity to spotlight their shared gender.

And when the rubber meets the road, and it is time to do something other than virtue signal, Buttigieg is blaming former President Donald J. Trump for the most recent transportation disaster that has happened while he has been in office.

Having relationships while sharing the same gender is a top policy demand for Democrats; however, it does not always play out well when faced with protecting the American people.

Recent developments in Ohio with a train derailment that has displaced over 5,000 people and caused an environmental hazard have shown Buttigieg is in over his head. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has called him out about it:

His response was to shift the blame to Trump. Trains are not his specialty.

Buttigieg is a proponent of bicycling in American traffic. He is well known for promoting bicycling laws as the secretary of transportation, yet the country is in transportation peril under his service to the country.

Cycle Utah reported on their hopes and dreams for Buttigeig in 2021:

Will our new U.S. Secretary of Transportation use his position to improve and expand bicycling? Time will tell, and evidence is mixed but hopeful.

Pete Buttigieg does have some understanding and experience with riding bikes and promoting cycling. He recently told the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, “the more people commute by bike, actually the safer it gets because vehicles start to take that into account, and everybody gets used to it. But we’ve got to build for it. We’ve got to plan for it and that’s something that can work in big cities and small (ones).” He said he just acquired “a great used bike.”

Advocates are hopeful that Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg will improve cycling.

At the spring virtual Bike Summit of the League of American Bicyclists (LAB), Buttigieg also said he toured European cities known for cycling and was inspired to replicate that culture in the United States. Buttigieg also indicated a need to work more closely with states. “State highway departments may not be as on the ball as locals,” he told LAB. “We can definitely be more of a bicycling country.”

But when it comes to planes, trains and automobiles- Buttigieg is having a hard time. While he has been in power, the nation has suffered from numerous cripling infrastructure disasters leaving Americans stranded in airports, inhaling massive fumes from train crashes, and other increased transportation-related problems.

The Daily Mail reported on the trail derailment disaster that has befallen the USA under Buttigieg in more detail:

Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg is pointing to the Trump administration after Republicans accused him of not doing enough to assist with the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.

Buttigieg pointed specifically to an electronic brake rule the Trump administration repealed, and his own Transportation Department has made no effort to bring back.

‘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,’ Buttigieg wrote on Twitter.

Buttigieg pointed specifically to an electronic brake rule the Trump administration repealed, and his own Transportation Department has made no effort to bring back.

Buttigieg pointed specifically to an electronic brake rule the Trump administration repealed, and his own Transportation Department has made no effort to bring back.

Though the Trump administration did roll back a regulation requiring modern braking systems on some trains, the Obama administration had already hollowed out that rule so much that the modern braking systems would not have been required on the train that derailed in East Palestine.

The 2015 Obama-era rule required trains carrying crude oil and some other chemicals to use electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brakes but left out many other hazardous chemicals after industry pressure.

The outlet went on:

Then in 2017 Trump’s Transportation Department under Sec. Elaine Chao rolled back the ECP brake rule even further.

The Department of Transportation’s Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) said at the time that the safety benefits ‘do not exceed the associated costs’ and were not ‘economically justified.’

Norfolk Southern, the company that owned the train that veered off-track in East Palestine, previously touted the technology as having the ‘potential to reduce train stopping distances by as much as 60 percent over conventional air brake systems.’

But ultimately it lobbied for the rule’s repeal, telling regulators it would ‘impose tremendous costs without providing offsetting safety benefits.’

Steven Ditmeyer, a former top official at the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), told investigative news outlet The Lever that having ECP brakes would have reduced the ‘severity’ of the East Palestine incident.

‘Would ECP brakes have reduced the severity of this accident? Yes,’ Ditmeyer said.

But rail regulators in Buttigieg’s Transportation Department have not proposed bringing the rule back.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) could not immediately be reached for comment on if Buttigieg’s remark signaled that they might bring the rule back.


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