As Ohio faces what has been described by many as a chemical “Chernobyl” event, Biden administration Transportation Secretary and failed gay Democratic 2020 Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is complaining that there are too many white construction workers.
A train carrying vinyl chloride and other toxic chemicals derailed on February 3 in East Palestine, Ohio, resulting in fires and a massive plume of black smoke that lasted for numerous days and could be seen from several miles around.
Three days after the derailment, emergency crews decided to conduct a “controlled burn” of the dangerous chemicals supposedly in order to prevent a larger and more hazardous explosion.
The controlled burn ultimately caused hydrogen chloride and toxic substances such as phosgene to be released into the surrounding area, prompting the mandatory evacuation of all citizens of East Palestine within a one-mile radius.
Time to call in @PeteButtigieg for questioning for what is happened to the great people of Ohio train derailment & toxic chemical spill!
The media won't talk about this ecological disaster/public health crisis, but I will – and we *will* get answers
People’s lives are in danger! pic.twitter.com/X0mBWWzTBn
— Anna Paulina Luna (@VoteAPL) February 13, 2023
Eyes are on Buttigieg, who is in charge of safeguarding America’s infrastructure, as the embattled state of Ohio struggles to grapple from the disaster.
However, the LGBTQ+ Transportation Secretary has yet to make any mention of the fallout from the chemical disaster.
Speaking at the National Association of Counties Conference in Washington, D.C. today, Buttigieg instead complained that there are not enough non-white construction workers.
Buttigieg made no mention of the Ohio train derailment while speaking at a conference this morning but did find the time to say that there are too many white people who work construction. pic.twitter.com/q4WNcq10h9
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) February 13, 2023
Speaking to the audience, Buttigieg urged counties to work with contractors and community colleges on “building a workforce that reflects the community.”
“We’ve heard way too many stories from generations passed of infrastructure where you’ve got a neighborhood, often a neighborhood of color, that finally sees the project come to them, but everyone in the hard hats on that project, looking like…uh, uh, doing the good paying jobs, don’t look like they came from anywhere near the neighborhood,” the Transportation Secretary said.
“You can build community wealth that will help close wealth gaps in this country if we can tear down those barriers, but that happens at the delivery level,” Buttigieg added.
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