Two On-Going, Man-Made Crises

  • These two pending crisis events are the types of hazards/disasters that should keep you up at night:

1. Los Angeles, CA Gas Leak – This past week the State of CA declared an emergency for a major gas leak, occurring since Oct. See:

2. The Drinking Water Situation in Flint Michigan.

As you might expect from Michael Moore, here is his unique perspective on the Flint water problem:

Your staff and others knew that the water in the Flint River was poison — but you decided that taking over the city and “cutting costs” to “balance the budget” was more important than the people’s health (not to mention their democratic rights to elect their own leaders.) So you cut off the clean, fresh glacial lake water of Lake Huron that the citizens of Flint (including myself) had been drinking for decades and, instead, made them drink water from the industrial cesspool we call the Flint River — a body of “water” where toxins from a dozen General Motors and DuPont factories have been dumped for over a hundred years. And then you decided to put a chemical in this water to “clean” it — which only ended up stripping the lead off of Flint’s aging water pipes, placing that lead in the water and sending it straight into people’s taps. Your callous — and reckless (btw, “reckless” doesn’t get you a pass; a reckless driver who kills a child, still goes to jail) — decision to do this has now, as revealed by the city’s top medical facility, caused “irreversible brain damage” in Flint’s children, not to mention other bodily damage to all of Flint’s adults. Here’s how bad it is: Even GM won’t let the auto parts they use in building cars touch the Flint water because that water “corrodes” them. This is a company that won’t even fix an ignition switch after they’ve discovered it’s already killed dozens of people. THAT’s how bad the situation is. Even GM thinks you’re the devil.

2 thoughts on “Two On-Going, Man-Made Crises

  1. I wish you wouldn’t give credence to MM’s partisan rant. Clearly, mistakes were made in changing the water supply at both the local and state level. However, from the record it appears clear that the Governor’s office actively tried and – eventually – succeeded in finding out what was wrong, and helped the bankrupt city switch its water supply back. As we learned from the much more benign Elk River fiasco, it will take a long time to literally clear the pipes and deliver clean water once again to people’s homes.

    To me, the bigger question is – Is Flint a viable city any more? Violent crime at 7X the national average. Huge liabilities taken on when the local economy was [at least sort of] healthy (’70’s and ’80’s). A tax base that is perhaps 10% of what it was. I wouldn’t call the [exclusively Democratic] politicians who ran the city Devils, just weak men who kept taking the easy way out until there was no escape.

    Sadly, it’s the story of much of the Rust Belt. And it is a continuing crisis. It is easy for those of us who have reasonable retirements (but without COLA’s!) to deride the folly of the unions, the businesses and the city in giving such impossibly generous pensions – a huge component of this financial mess. However, it’s the little people who will get hurt, whatever the outcome, especially those retirees who planned on pensions based on promises that cannot be kept. MM’s childish rant does a huge disservice to these people by demonizing those who inherited the sordid legacy of the past and are trying to dig their way out of it. Moore seems to live in an alternative universe where it all would never have happened if it weren’t for the Devil in Lansing.

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