After the Tacoma boat fire, I have been thinking about why it got so much less attention than East Palestine. It got plenty of attention locally, and it wasn’t ignored nationally. But national media and activists just haven’t run with it the same.
The visuals are as compelling, and the toxicity is probably worse. It will effect more people, because it’s in a city.
It might be as simple as it is in a city, and people have pretty fucked up notions about cities are dirty already. It might be Tacoma specific: A very diverse place, with a certain reputation plays different from a heartland town. There are also some left activists who are obsessed with blaming everything bad on Pete Buttigieg, and maybe a fishing boat isn’t an excuse to complain about him winning the Iowa Caucasus. Maybe I am too cynical.
Anyway, please wash your hands right now. And get vaccinated or boosted if you’re eligible.