- 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:
- California governor declares LA-area gas leak an emergency.
- LA-area residents implore officials to approve plan to mitigate gas leak
2. The Drinking Water Situation in Flint Michigan.
- Flint Wants Safe Water, and Someone to Answer for Its Crisis
- Dear Gov. Snyder: You Have to Go to Jail – by Michael Moore
- Federal Emergency Management Agency to monitor Flint’s water crisis
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.