From a http://climatetruth.org/ email:
The root of the crisis in Flint was their emergency manager’s decision to switch the city’s water supply to the Flint River to save money while failing to use corrosion control. Flint’s old, unreplaced lead pipes leached lead into the water, poisoning thousands. Responsibility and accountability were scorned at every level. In fact, Governor Rick Snyder initially abdicated responsibility despite the fact that the emergency manager in charge of the water source change was his appointee.
As a climate advocacy organization, ClimateTruth.org recognizes that the impacts of climate change will affect some communities more than others. The tragedy in Flint highlights the grim reality that racial and economic injustice exacerbate environmental hazards. Bernie Sanders has called Flint the “canary in the coal mine” while Hillary Clinton has stated that, “If the kids in a rich suburb of Detroit had been drinking contaminated water…there would have been action.” Instead, in a city with 56% African Americans and a median income of less than $30,000, the deep roots of institutionalized racism and environmental injustice were put in stark relief.
“The Flint water crisis, explained,” Vox, 02-15-2016
“The Most Powerful Response At The Democratic Debate Was To A Question That Wasn’t Even Asked,” Think Progress, 1-17-2016
“My Iowa Takeaway: The Case for Flint Debate,” Environmental Action: Blog, January 2016