Target: Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott
Goal: Stop allowing information concerning dangerous chemicals to be withheld from the public
The state of Texas’ chemical industry has been very cloudy of late. Attorney General Greg Abbott recently declared that state records concerning the locations of dangerous chemicals do not have to be made public. It has been over a year since the devastating explosion in West, Texas claimed 15 lives, and since that time it has only gotten more difficult to determine where the next catastrophe might take place.
Attorney General Abbott’s “solution” to the problem he has created is for concerned Texans to “drive around” and “ask every facility whether or not they have chemicals”, according to The Rachel Maddow Show. This course of action is entirely unnecessary, as the state already knows which facilities do and do not have dangerous chemicals. Texas has placed a needless burden upon its citizens; if they want to feel safe, they must do the work that the state has already performed.
It is in everyone’s best interests to know where potentially life-threatening substances are kept. There is no reason to keep Texans in the dark about this important topic, especially when doing so requires no extra effort by state government. By signing this petition, you will call on the Attorney General to undo his previous action and again ensure that state records can be made public.
Dear Attorney General Greg Abbott,
After the terrible explosion of a fertilizer plant in West, Texas that killed 15 people, your state deserves more safety measures to ensure that such an event never happens again. However, your declaration that state records concerning the location of dangerous chemicals need not be made public is a step backwards, away from public safety and closer to danger. There is no reason not to let every Texan know where dangerous chemicals are kept. It is the duty of the state to look after the well-being of its people; the burden should not be on them to discover where chemicals are stored.
As the Attorney General of Texas, you have great power and influence. It would be the work of a moment to ensure once again the state records are made public. I urge you to do what is best for all Texans and allow information on the locations of dangerous chemicals to be made available publicly again.
[Your Name Here]
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