Recent tests have shown that much of the fear over lead poisoning in the water of Flint, Michigan, was over-the-top, reports Kyle Smith of National Review. Still, a huge public campaign, led by celebrities like Michael Moore, vastly exaggerated the danger to Flint’s residents. One such misconception is that local children were hospitalized due to lead in their blood. While lead intake did rise, it didn’t require children to be hospitalized. In fact, most of America was worse off in the 1970s, when lead was much more present in drinking water. While incompetence did cause big issues with Flint's water, it’s not the catastrophe some portray it as.
The levels of lead in the water of Flint, Michigan, have caused huge health issues for its residents, reveals Heather Smith of Sierra Club. According to one report, Flint’s fertility rate fell by 12%, while miscarriages and stillbirths increased by 58%. Around 9,000 children were exposed to lead, which carries multiple health and developmental hazards. in particular, the large portion of Flint’s low-income residents were ill-equipped to handle this. The issue stemmed from the lead industry lobbying for the use of lead in pipes, ignoring health warnings. Flint is not alone among US cities that risk their residents’ health with high levels of lead in their water.