Michael Moore has weighed in on the Flint water crisis and what he’s saying might shock you. Moore says he wants people to stop sending bottled water to Flint and do something more drastic. The popular documentary-maker wants people to revolt as a result of the Flint water crisis because he feels the poisoned public water is a “crime against humanity” according to an entry on Moore’s blog on Thursday.
Moore wants people to rise up and insist on the arrest of Michigan governor Rick Snyder. Moore accuses Snyder of knowing the water supply was causing lead poisoning to the residents of Flint and failed to do anything about it. Moore started a petition to have the governor arrested and also called for his resignation. Naturally Michael Moore is taking a particular interest in the handling of the Flint water crisis since that is his hometown. Do you think Governor Snyder has committed a crime and should be arrested?
Michael Moore is taking a very different stance than many other celebrities. Most notably, the Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores pledged $10 million to aid in fixing the water crisis in Flint. The Game also sent $1 million in bottled water to help ease the need for drinkable water. Many other celebrities have stepped forward and made donations to help the residents of Flint but Michael Moore says they are going about it all wrong.
Rather than put a band-aid on the water issue by handing out quarts of Evian, Moore wants people to demand that Michigan and more specifically, Rick Snyder pay for the horrible damage the unsafe water supply did to the residents of Flint, Michigan. Moore made a list of things he thinks the United States should do to fix the water in Flint.
The very first point, and something Moore has been campaigning for a long time, is the arrest of Rick Snyder. Moore believes that Rick Snyder knew for years that his low-budget water supply to Flint was poisoning the residents with shocking amounts of lead. He accuses Snyder of covering up evidence that the water supply was tainted and knowingly continued to let people drink it. According to Michael Moore, that is an act of “voluntary or involuntary manslaughter” and he wants Snyder to be arrested and charged.
The second point of Moore’s open letter was his wish that Michigan is forced to pay for the replacement of the water system in Flint and damages for all the medical issues and deaths the lead-poisoned water caused. Moore pointed out that between a $600 million budget surplus plus another $600 socked away in a rainy day fund, Michigan has exactly the amount of money that it’s been estimated it will cost to fix the water lines in Flint and to compensate the residents who were affected.
Moore’s third point was that he wanted the federal government in charge of recovery in Flint. He claims that Michigan cannot be trusted to fix the water supply issues considering it was their cut-corners that caused the crisis in the first place. Moore also posted a fourth point that the government should evacuate any residents of Flint that want to leave. In his fifth point, Moore demands that Flint residents who want to stay have access to fresh drinking water. To do that, he believes that a temporary line should be set up to each occupied house until a permanent fix can be made.
Surely, trucking in bottled water is only a temporary solution. There has also been an argument that the bottled water creates a new problem with the tons and tons of empty water bottles that will be thrown away. Even if every bottle is recycled after millions upon millions of water bottles are delivered to Flint, recycling them all is going to be a huge undertaking.
There is no quick fix to the Flint water crisis. Do you think Michael Moore is right for a more government takeover-structured fix to correcting the water problems in Flint?