Given Michigan’s growing electoral prominence, this could be just the solution.
Every year, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) attracts thousands of pro- Israel activists from all over the country to its policy conference in Washington, D.C. This year’s gathering in late March drew a record audience of 18,000 participants.
It was at the 2017 AIPAC conference that Alan Dershowitz demonstrated how the Israelis have developed a method to create water from the air. The Israeli company Water Gen sells three types of generators that can turn water vapor in the air back into drinkable water. The largest generator can produce 825 gallons per day, the medium-size generator can produce 118 gallons per day, while the smallest generators for people’s homes can produce 4 gallons a day.
In 2017, Water Gen has already signed agreements in Vietnam and India to help these developing countries with their water problems. India has a 1.25 billion people and 75 million of them do not have access to clean water. They are working with Israel to obtain help.
Which brings us to an India like situation closer to home. The city of Flint and the state of Michigan have agreed to replace Flint’s 18,000 lead or galvanized steel water lines by 2020. In Flint, 12 people have died and thousands of children were found with elevated levels of lead in their bodies. No one should have to go through such a tragedy in the United States.
The people of Flint should not have to wait three more years before things return to normal. Instead of shipping water bottles to the city, the state and federal government could be buying Water Gen’s products to generate water from the air.
Congress could attach this to a separate bill for the people of Flint or to the massive infrastructure bill. Either way, I think that Michigan would likely receive the aid if only because Michigan has emerged as the new Florida in presidential politics.
Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by only 0.23 percent. In percentage terms, it was the closest margin of victory in any state and one of only four states where the state was decided by less than one percent of the vote. The other three states were Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire.
Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by only 10,704 votes. In Genesee County alone, where the city of Flint is located, Hillary Clinton (102,751 votes) only beat Donald Trump (84,175) by 18,576 votes in 2016. In 2012, Barack Obama won 128,978 votes in Genesee County. Mitt Romney only won 71,808 votes.
From 2012 to 2016, the victory margin in Genesee County dropped from 57,170 to a mere 18,576 votes. In Genesee County alone, there were enough votes to tip the state to Hillary Clinton.
At a time when Democrats and Republicans cannot agree on anything, I hope they can agree that nobody should have to live without clean water.