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  •  And clean-up crews. And construction (10+ / 0-)

    workers who get to rebuild apartment houses, nursing centers and homes destroyed by reckless human actions.  The jobs they refuse to create are jobs for inspectors who would be keeping track of dangerous situations like these so that problems don't happen.

    What's that?  No insurance money to pay for this?  Get the federal government (you know, the great Satan) to pay to put these people's lives back together.  Socialize the costs, after decades of privatizing the profits.  I wonder what it will cost people to ensure homes and businesses within the blast radius of other manufacturing and holding facilities when policies come up for renewal?  Because insurance companies aren't in business to backstop other people's negligence.  That's what the government is for.

    •  Great comment. I understand that Texas has (1+ / 0-)
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      limited zoning laws predicated on the efficacy of covenants on title and stuff like that.   I wonder if the disaster in West would be as bad if there'd been effective zoning laws.

      We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. B. Franklin

      by Observerinvancouver on Thu May 09, 2013 at 01:23:05 PM PDT

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      •  Probably not, but imho the problem was more (3+ / 0-)

        the lack of effective oversight and regulation for that plant.  Had the owner been forced to report that he had all that explosive fertilizer there would have been probably less stored there in the first place and the responding firefighters would have known not to rush in without protection, thereby saving lives.

      •  Zoning is done locally, not statewide (0+ / 0-)

        Many Texas cities have strong zoning ordinances. Houston is the rare urban excepetion, but as you note they claim their controls come from covenants and such.  West, the site of the explosion, as a small - well, tiny, actually - rural agricultural town isn't the kind of place that's going to have a very comprehensive zoning code.

        “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

        by Catte Nappe on Thu May 09, 2013 at 02:23:18 PM PDT

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