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In April 2014, Flint, Michigan, became the center of what evolved into a tragic, but entirely avoidable, man-made catastrophe when the town began using highly corrosive water from the Flint River. This change resulted in an unprecedented health crisis, with the town’s population being exposed to high levels of lead. Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore wants you to know 10 important but little-known facts about this unfortunate turn of events. Though Moore’s points are intriguing, they would have made more impact had he provided sources of his information. While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends this analysis to those wanting insight into the controversy.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why Michigan governor Rick Snyder’s administration switched water sources,
  • Why General Motors received clean water but not the citizens of Flint and
  • How just $9,000 could have prevented the water crisis.
 

About the Author

Michael Moore is an author and documentary filmmaker. His film Bowling for Columbine won an Academy Award.

 

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In April 2014, Michigan governor Rick Snyder deposed Flint’s local mayor and city council and appointed “his own man to run the city.” In an attempt to save money, the new government decided to change the town’s water source from Lake Huron to the “toxic” Flint River. Here are 10 things you might not have heard about the crisis:

  1. While children in Flint were drinking toxic water, the General Motors (GM) automobile factory was receiving clean water. After GM officials complained that the Flint River water was corroding their car parts, Governor Snyder spent $440,...

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