Mother Jones political writer Kevin Drum applauds efforts by democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to rid the nation of lead. In the seventh democratic debate, Clinton said she would aim to get rid of lead across the U.S. within five years of her presidency. This comes as attention continues to be focused on the lead contaminated water in Flint, Mich.
However, Drum stresses his frustration with the focus on lead poisoning in water. Drum argues that a much bigger crisis with lead revolves around lead paint in older homes and residual lead in soil.
“Generally speaking, lead water pushes are not really a huge source of lead poisoning in America these days...I'd love to see us spend a big chunk of money on lead remediation, which would almost certainly pay off in the long term, but the money should go mostly into soil and paint remediation"