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Another Train Derailment: Thanks Green Activists! by The Elephant's Child

derailment  - credit Bob Aaron-WCHS(photo by Bob Aaron-WCHS)

A CSX train composed largely of tanker cars derailed this afternoon in Mount Carbon, West Virginia. Adena village, a neighborhood close to the derailment, was evacuated after one residence caught fire when a tanker car slammed into  a house and burst into flames.

One tanker car went into the Kanawha River, and some cars exploded. All but two of the 109 cars were tankers loaded with Bakken crude from North Dakota, headed to Yorktown, Virginia. At least 14 tank cars were reported to be on fire, and there is burning oil on the Kanawha. Some cars have exploded, and at least one sent a fireball at least 300 feet in the air.

Two water treatment plants have been shut down to prevent oil from getting into the water supply. Residents will continue to have water for the next 6 to 8 hours due to an emergency reserve supply.

Proponents of the Keystone XL pipeline keep reminding the environmental activists that oil trains have a record of derailing, sometimes with considerable lost lives,  and that a pipeline is immeasurably safer, but it doesn’t sink in. The oil will go to market, whether by pipeline, train or truck. We have many pipelines crossing the Midwest because they are safer and thriftier.

Our economy runs on oil, coal, natural gas and in some places—hydropower and nuclear energy. If we want an economy, and goods to supply the economy, we must have energy. Solar arrays and wind farms produce little energy, and must have 24/7 full-time backup from a conventional power plant. Sounded nice to depend on the sun and the wind, but it was always hooey, and a scheme to enrich favored cronies with government subsidies.

It was not known at the time of this report if anyone was injured or killed.


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Hello Yes we run on energy. I’d suggest in under 36 months our solar and wind options due to new battery options will change that. Thanks for article

Comment by resilientmichae

Yes… when new “battery options” show up. People I know who work in development at Johnson Controls and Exide (two major battery manufacturers) say there is nothing on track in the battery industry that is any kind of an improvement on what exists today. Maybe tomorrow the breakthrough happens, but you can’t make plans based on “maybe”.

Comment by Lon Mead

The true believers always are sure that the solution is just around the corner. Cut off the subsidies and the solar and wind industry promptly end. It’s all about the subsidies. I saw an article a year or so ago that said they had essentially experimented with every known substance with no improvement. Perhaps there is something in the “new materials” department.

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