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Oh, Greg Abbott.  Your opponent in the race for Governor points out that your office is now hiding information about where dangerous chemicals are stored, that you've received a bunch of money from the Koch brothers (because, really, what Republican hasn't?), and that the Koch brothers really don't want people to know where dangerous chemicals are stored because freedom and asks Texas voters to connect the dots.  Your first response, that people should just go ask if there are dangerous chemicals being stored next to their houses, was roundly ridiculed, so it's back to the drawing board:

Texans deserve to know what kinds of chemicals are being stored in their communities. At the same time, the Texas Legislature is equally concerned about providing terrorists a road map to all facilities in Texas that could be used to build bombs and destroy communities. In passing the Texas Homeland Security Act in 2003, the Legislature recognized that, in a post-9/11 world, there should be a balance to accessing sensitive information about where terrorists could locate bomb-making materials or targets to attack. That is why the Legislature unanimously agreed that providing a database of information about chemical facilities was a danger too great.
Yeah, that's the ticket.  Terrorists.  Because we should be concerned about terrorists figuring out where the dangerous chemicals are being stored in our state, and not about, oh, I don't know, the dangerous chemicals spontaneously combusting and leveling a nearby town because that's what dangerous chemicals sometimes do when they're stored that close to human habitation and the state doesn't bother to even inspect the plant to make sure it's safe.

Now, the sad thing is that with a lot of Texas voters, scaring them about the terrorists is probably a winning strategy for Abbott.  But, let's just say that anybody who has been paying attention knows that the reason why Abbott's office is covering this up has jack shit to do with terrorists and everything to do with the Koch brothers.  Because those are the real people who don't want you to know that ammonium nitrate is about to blow up your house, and they're spending a lot of money to make sure Greg Abbott is in office to protect you from knowing that your house could be exploded at any time.

Originally posted to Houston Progressive on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 06:29 AM PDT.

Also republished by Houston Area Kossacks and TexKos-Messing with Texas with Nothing but Love for Texans.

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