Hey, everyone in the Rand Paul pile-on, make room for one more. I'm coming in for a landing!
I shouldn't pick on the good doctor, though he makes it too easy. After all, his latest media train wrecks gave me a chance to resurrect a timeline of industrial disasters I started researching after the Deepwater Horizon event, in response to a lot of conservatives (Rand Paul included) defending BP and blaming everyone from unions to environmentalists for the disaster.
My aim was to illustrate what Rand Paul exemplified in his most recent remarks on mine safety: the right-wing defenders of BP, Massey, and just about every other corporate polluter or regulation-dodger don't know much about the history of industrial disasters, the negligence that caused them, or the regulations and reforms they sparked.
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