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EPA’s Climate Change Agenda Superseded Flint Water Crisis

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Commentary by Tom Borelli originally published at Conservative Review

The water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan exposes the gross failure of government to execute its basic function of ensuring safe drinking water to the public.

For almost two years, the residents of Flint were drinking water with unacceptable and dangerous levels of lead—a toxic element that causes a number of health problems including learning disabilities in children.

Flint’s problems began when the city switched its water source from Detroit’s Lake Huron to the Flint River in an effort to save money. Complaints from Flint’s residence about their water came almost immediately but were ignored.

In the wake of national media coverage, politicians from President Obama to presidential candidates are pointing fingers with much of the blame appropriately centered on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Republican Governor Rick Snyder.

During his State of the State address, Synder took responsibility and properly summarized the complete failure of government in the fiasco: “Government failed you at the federal, state and local level.”

Additionally, Snyder is releasing hundreds of state emails that discussed the Flint water crisis.

In sharp contrast to Snyder’s accountability, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initially refused to take any responsibility for its role in Flint’s water mess.

Read the entire commentary here.

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a Newsmax TV contributor and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax Magazine, Newsmax Insider and previously was a co-host with his wife Deneen Borelli on the SiriusXM Patriot channel. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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