Let’s be real: the explosion at the fertilizer factory was completely preventable. If Grover Norquist and his ilk were not so busy trying to starve the beast and bathtub-drown it for the 1%, there might have been some reasonable inspections that would have at least warned people that this was likely to happen.
Instead, over the past five years, exactly six fertilizer plants have been inspected. There are many more explosions waiting to happen. How is this possible, you ask?
In the US, there are more than 170 companies making 70,000 different chemicals, totaling $750 billion revenue, and so it only seems logical that Congress funded $10.5M for inspections. You can do the math. It is beyond preposterous.
And of course, we should thank Chimpy for the miracle of self-regulation and reporting that is supposed to make up the difference.
As for Texas, well, what kind of zoning laws would allow a bomb-making plant (remember, chemical fertilizers were part of the swords to plough shares at the end of WWII, but the industry really did result from bomb making) in a populated downtown, walking distance to the hospital and elementary school, and with several senior housing facilities also in the radius of the blast?
It all adds up to a perfect storm of Ayn Rand style selfishness and greed, and now it has a body count.