Category Archives: Michigan
Flint Michigan has third world tap water.
In a cost cutting move the City stopped buying water from Detroit and began building a pipeline to Lake Huron. Detroit cut Flint off before the pipeline was complete. The city began drawing water from the Flint River. People complained that the water was foul and smelly. The water department insisted it was safe.
The Flint water was so corrosive the auto industry stopped using it. The corrosion damaged pipes and caused lead levels to rise to five times acceptable levels.
Now it’s a huge infrastructure problem with no fix in sight. The entire population depends on bottled water passed out at fire stations.
The EPA didn’t acknowledge the water crisis in Flint until President Obama announced emergency federal help last week.
EPA also dragged its feet on its release of 3 million gallons of water from the Gold King Mine into the Animas River in Colorado last summer.
The census numbers are in and the population losers tend to be high tax and regulation states while winners are the opposite. New York and Ohio lost 2 House seats each. Texas gained 4. Doesn’t prove anything, but here’s what Michael Barone has to say about it.
Jennifer Granholm, the two term Canadian governor of Michigan, called former GM CEO Rick Wagoner a sacrificial lamb. The Wall Street Journal, which never agrees with Granholm, agreed. But on the op-ed page Paul Ingrassia, a former Detroit bureau chief for the paper said the sacrifice was long overdue since the stock price had dropped from $70 to under $3 on Wagoner’s watch. Actually it closed at $1.94 today, which is down from the $53.40 high of the Granholm reign. Perhaps more sacrifice is in order.