His train blew up and dramatically increased the Warren Buffet carbon footprint.
Poetic Justice? Proverbial karma?
Days after Barack Obama vetoed the Keystone Pipeline to protect his big-time financial buddy Warren Buffett’s near monopoly on oil transportation via rails—allegedly because pipelines are so dangerous to the environment—one of Warren’s Bakken oil trains has derailed and detonated near the meeting of the Galena and Mississippi Rivers.
Zero Hedge has the story: “Dramatic Explosion Footage: Warren Buffett-Owned Oil Freight Train Derails, Bursts Into Flames.”
Of course, it would be uncouth of the US president to say that he is against a pipeline because one of his crony backers, his tax advisor (“push income tax higher all you want, but don’t you dare touch that capital gains and dividend tax”), and perhaps the biggest single beneficiary of the government bailout of Wall Street in 2008, tells him to. So instead Obama, to appease his progressive rank and file, decided to crack down on the “danger” of pipelines – after all, the world is riddled with horror stories about the tens of thousands of miles of US commodity pipelines spontaneously combusting, exploding or otherwise blowing up and destroying the pristine nature all around them.
Maybe not, but that’s where the “unbiased” media comes into play. The same media which we doubt will have much if anything to say about the train derailment, crash and subsequent massive explosion which took place at 1:20 pm in a rural area where the Galena River meets the Mississippi.
The train in question? One of Warren Buffett’s own: a BNSF Railway freight train loaded with crude oil.
BNSF said the train has 105 cars, 103 of which were carrying crude oil. The other two cars were buffer cars loaded with sand. A release from the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Department confirmed it was Bakken crude oil.
“The report that came back to me from them is that eight tanker cars had left the track,” Galena City Administrator Mark Moran said. “Two of those were still upright. The other six were not. They observed at least one of those tankers smoking.”
As the author here notes: Don’t expect the media to make much of this… the lapdogs of the Press are largely more than obedient to their White House master.