Making Polluters Pay In Flint Et Al

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Joining the furious voices of poisoned Flint residents calling for even "an ounce of accountability," Green For All marked Earth Day by launching a national campaign calling on polluters to pay for what they break via a modified carbon tax to be invested back into the communities they trash. The campaign will start in Flint, where the Snyder administration trucked in clean water for state workers while continuing to contaminate residents, and where the many afflicted, now entirely dependent on bottled water, say they "feel like the walking dead."

The Make Polluters Pay campaign by Green For All, which focuses on giving people of color a voice in environmental issues, calls for states to create a Polluters Pay Fund made up of carbon allowances paid under the Clean Power Plan, a sort of carbon tax then returned to the often-poor communities hardest hit by the pollution. While the first of what could well be more criminal charges against state officials are welcome, says the group, they hope to pressure states through a petition, social media campaign at #PollutersPay and #FixFlint, and raising awareness of the impact of what is a national health crisis: “It’s time to talk about the people affected."

"You know how many babies here is affected now man, for the rest of their lives?” asks Flint resident Von Lathan, who likens handing out bottled water to an entire city to "giving a whale a tic tac for bad breath." He adds, "The people in charge need to take responsibility for what they’ve done to this city, man! People out here are mad as hell."

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