How Many Flints?

At least 3000, according to one report that is referenced in Farron Cousins’ summary of America’s water crisis. That is, there are at least 3000 places in America, cities or neighborhoods in larger cities, where the measured levels of lead in drinking water is at least double the levels measured in Flint.

Flint was indeed the event that brought public attention to lead poisoning, but the issue is much, much more widespread. This particular information comes from an extensive and well-illustrated article published by Reuters.

As bad as that is, it’s just part of the bad news. America has about 1.2 million miles of lead water service lines. They have a service life of about 75 years, and most are at or approaching that age. The estimate to replace – around $1 trillion, or close to $3000 for every man, woman and child in the country.

But wait, there’s more. Continue reading “How Many Flints?”

Bikes vs. Cars

The bicycle is an amazing tool for change. Activists and cities all over the world are moving towards a new system. But will the economic powers allow it? This is the subject of the SEMG Sierra Club program for 6:30 pm, Thursday, February 2, 2017 (Groundhog Day) at the Elks Lodge, 2401 E. 4th St., Royal Oak, MI.

Bikes vs Cars is a documentary film that looks into daily global drama in traffic around the world. Climate change and never-ending gridlocks frustrate people more than ever. Instead of whining, people in cities around the world take on the bicycle as a Do It Yourself solution. Road rage and poor city planning creates daily death among the bicyclists. And now they demand safe lanes. Continue reading “Bikes vs. Cars”