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  •  I used the same Abbott quote earlier in my diary (12+ / 0-)

    about his and other Republicans immediate pushback against  

    A bill drafted by Texas lawmakers written to prevent another fertilizer plant explosion giving the state fire marshal more inspection authority and requiring ammonium nitrate to be stored in non-combustible containers or to install a sprinkler system was immediately pushed back by State Republican leaders who said the tougher proposed regulations would overburden storage facilities with complexities and cost. They called this 'overkill' and a 'power grab".
    They all stick to thier party platform.
    "We strongly oppose all efforts of the extreme
    environmental groups that stymie legitimate business
    interests and private property use. We believe the
    Environmental Protection Agency should be abolished."
    - Texas GOP 2014 Platform
    Accordint to them, any regulation is extreme.  

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 11:06:08 AM PDT

    •  Texas laws good for business? (11+ / 0-)

      I looked this up and found the following on the wiki:

      According to the company's insurer, United States Fire Insurance of Morristown, New Jersey, the facility was only covered by $1 million in liability insurance. According to official estimates from both state and company officials, this amount will not even begin to cover the cost of damages. Furthermore, according to The Dallas Morning News, Texas law allows fertilizer storage facilities to operate without any liability insurance at all, even when they store hazardous materials.
      Nothing stymies a business more than an explosion that obliterates a plant and inadequate insurance to cover the losses.
      •  Business First! (3+ / 0-)
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        Penny GC, hbk, Old Sailor

        That's the only rule here.  Why make them have inspections, follow rules, or have insurance or things like Workers Comp?

        Note:Texas is the only state that doesn’t require private employers to carry insurance for workplace injuries and fatalities, and Attorney General Greg Abbott signaled Tuesday that he wants to keep it that way if elected governor.

        he Feds went for $25 million initially and  denied more. Rick Perry appealed the denial of $35 additional funding and Obama gave in.

        Read more here:

        Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

        by DRo on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 11:38:46 AM PDT

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      •  But..... (4+ / 0-)
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        Penny GC, DRo, hbk, Calamity Jean

        People can still sue the crap out of the company that caused the damages and injuries. But, i'm sure in Texass, you would let them declare bankruptcy, then open up the next day under a new name, with no insurance, and do it all again!!  The TX lawmakers are morons.......who have no regard for anyone's life or safety......

      •  Liability insurance is for suckers. (1+ / 0-)
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        Any GOP businessman knows you skip the insurance  and just declare bankruptcy after you blow up the town. That way, you dodge the high insurance premiums for storing tons of explosive material as well as the cost for all the collateral damage when it blows. When the smoke clears, you start a new company, name it something patriotic like Freedom Fertilizer, and find a new Texas town willing to risk annihilation for 30 or 40 new jobs. And don't forget to collect the state subsidies for your "new" business!

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