This small news item was buried in a small section of today's LA Times. It is an example of hiding the full truth of the interests of the Lobbying Industry. Federal investigators have come to the conclusion that the horrific loss of life as a result of the intersection of trains and road vehicles and defects in our nation's railroad tracks can be prevented by the use of technology. But no, this would cost the railroads too much money. Lobbyists are responsible for the prevention of the implementation of regulations that actually improve the safety on the food we eat, the air we breathe, the safety of the roads, air and rail we travel on, and the consumer products we purchase. Corporations serve to protect their bottom line, and not the consumers they are in business to serve...is that what we have? Is this our "American Exceptionalism"?:
— ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON, D.C. House OKs train safety tech delay The House passed a bill that delays for three to five years the mandate for railroads to put long-sought safety technology in place. Federal accident investigators say the technology, known as positive train control, would have prevented an Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia in May that killed eight people and injured about 200 others. Railroads and companies that ship freight by rail have been lobbying Congress for a delay. Under the bill, railroads would have until Dec. 31, 2018, to install positive train control and could seek a waiver for up to another two years. Senate action is still required.
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