US President Barack Obama is thinking about the future but not about past mistakes. He has made plans of 'winning the future,' but the reality is that a certain part of the US has not been won yet. On Thursday, a huge explosion took place in Allentown due to the leaking of a pipeline. The pipeline was installed way back in 1928. The explosion took away the lives of five people, caused a mass of destruction and had left many people homeless.
This type of incident has happened before. In September of 2010, an explosion took place at San Bruno killing 8 people, and in January another explosion took place in Philadelphia killing one person. In rural Ohio, an explosion happened which luckily killed no one. The reason for this fortunate outcome was that the automatic shut off valves installed didnt get destroyed, saving lives.
All the above incidents were caused because of leakage in a pipeline which ignited and converted into a big explosion. Even after these incidents occur the same old story happens in which an inspection is done, reports are prepared, government officials express their grief - but the main story is ignored, which are the fundamental problems at the root of these incidents. These problems are ignored because the interest of the people turns away over time. These events are likely to happen again if certain precautions and measures are not taken now. New pipelines will be installed, better automatic shutoff valves will be put in place and frequent inspections will occur, but this will increase the expenditures of a government which is striving to cut down on costs. But this doesnt happen with other public projects.
The Presidents 'winning the future' plan includes launching high speed bullet trains which will travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles and from Washington DC to New York. The plan also includes launching a high speed internet connection throughout the country. The President seeks to give subsidies for green jobs, ethanol production and electric cars. Instead of all these plans for the future the need of the hour is to encourage the issued authorities in replacing old pipelines with new ones to reduce any further destruction and to preserve lives.
The principal idea behind the American economy is thinking of the future and a making a better one, but ignoring the mistakes done in the past is foolish. They are marching boldly into the future while it still has to replace old, antique, broken and rusted pipelines with new ones. As per the reports made from a gas company services company, it said that a pipeline in the area of Allentown where an explosion had taken place was inspected and no leaks were found. On this statement Rick Kessler, from the Pipeline Safety Trust, counterattacked that the gas companies are not inspecting pipelines properly and they are not willing to spend more money on the safety conditions at their sites.