Billionaire Elon Musk, who offered up a miniature submarine to rescue the soccer team trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand, responded to a question on Twitter about the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Musk said he was willing to help fund a solution.
Flint long ago fell into an economic depression, along with Detroit, after the collapse of the auto industry. Flint was dealt another blow in recent years when it was found the city used lead pipes for its water system.
Rick Snyder, Michigan’s governor, recently stopped Flint’s free bottled water program, but citizens still do not trust the water’s safety, considering the city continues to use lead pipes.
Now, Musk is saying on Twitter that he will fund water filters for anyone who needs one.
This tweet from Baby D set the plan in motion.
Hey @elonmusk I heard a bunch of people saying there's NO WAY you could help get clean water to Flint, Michigan. Said you wouldn't be capable idk
— Baby D (@DylanSheaMusic) July 11, 2018
Musk responded with this pledge:
Please consider this a commitment that I will fund fixing the water in any house in Flint that has water contamination above FDA levels. No kidding.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 11, 2018
The mayor of Flint, Karen Weaver, got the ball rolling.
Mr. Musk, I am the Mayor of Flint. I would like to have a conversation with you about Flint’s specific needs.
— Karen About Flint (@karenaboutflint) July 11, 2018
Sure, will call tomorrow
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 12, 2018
There was some sound advice from this expert.
This is quite a commitment, thank you. But talk to some experts first.
For example, FDA does not regulate tap water. The EPA does.
— Peter Gleick (@PeterGleick) July 11, 2018
People were enthusiastic about Musk helping.
— George Howard (@GhowardIV) July 11, 2018
— Max Kingsley (@MaxKingsleyEh) July 12, 2018
The Mayor of Flint want's to chat – get it done. You'll be loved everywhere, not just reddit.
— Zach D Roberts (@zdroberts) July 11, 2018
While others weren’t so sure.
@SheaLoges gonna watch this out of the corner of my eye
— Em Parker (@_emparker) July 11, 2018
This def feels like a case of getting called out and then trying to shrink the gap between your actions and your own self image. But I’m all here for goading billionaires into altruism
— Shea Loges (@SheaLoges) July 11, 2018
Let’s hope he follows through for the people of Flint.