Flint water samples

Water samples from 2015 show a range of contamination in tap water from Flint, Mich. (FlintWaterStudy.org Photo)

Elon Musk didn’t even wait to get back from his Asia trip to start a new philanthropic campaign, this time to do something about the contaminated water supply in Flint, Mich.

The genesis of Musk’s involvement with the years-old Flint controversy echoes how he came to build a mini-submarine for the soccer-playing boys trapped in a Thai cave. It all started with a seemingly flip suggestion from comedy writer Cullen Crawford — plus an assist from Don A. Bailey, a Flint native who runs a blockchain consulting firm called Lab Mouse Security.

Bailey asked whether Musk, the billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, could help out with a water-testing campaign that he already had in the works. Musk immediately took up the cause, even though he had just delivered a mini-sub in Thailand and struck a deal to build a multimillion-dollar battery and car factory for Tesla in China. (That factory is likely to take years to get off the ground.)

Here’s how the plans for Flint unfolded on Twitter:

Elon musk, I promise no one will beat you to the punch if you try to help the people of Flint, Michigan

— Cullen Crawford (@HelloCullen) July 10, 2018

Already have

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 10, 2018

Flint still doesn’t have clean water. See you there next week? We’re working on solutions at @TheFerris_Wheel with @100K_Ideas and @GotchuW 👍🏽 https://t.co/YIe0ungOLI

— Don A. Bailey (@DonAndrewBailey) July 10, 2018

When you’re there next week, are you planning to test water sources for lead?

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 10, 2018

We can. There are still reports from citizens that their water is unsafe and we would …read more

Source:: GeekWire


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