Target: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
Goal: Shut down Nestlé’s free access to clean water in Michigan.
While the people of Flint, Michigan are scrambling to find clean drinking water, multi-billion dollar corporation Nestlé continues to pump clean water out of the state for free. The failure of government officials to properly handle the issues which led to the water crisis in Flint are abhorrent enough as it is. The fact that a major corporation has been given unrestricted access to clean water for the purposes of bottling and selling during this lead-poisoned-water catastrophe only adds insult to injury. Governor Rick Snyder needs to shut down Nestlé’s free access to clean water in Michigan.
Flint residents have been forced to pay exorbitant rates for access to water for years, even though the vast majority of it has been found to be severely contaminated with lead. Compared to the rest of America, the people of Flint have actually been paying twice as much on average for their water. Nestlé, however, doesn’t pay a dime to the state of Michigan. In fact, they’ve somehow been granted 13 million dollars in tax breaks in the process. This is a clear example of corporate profit taking precedence over the basic needs of people.
Continuing to let Nestlé pump clean water out of Lake Michigan would be a travesty. Flint residents have been struggling to afford access to water that was actually poisoned with lead and are now scrambling to find clean water. Yet, Nestlé has been afforded tax breaks while exploiting their unrestricted access to Lake Michigan. This has to end. Governor Rick Snyder must shut down Nestlé’s free access to clean water in Michigan.
Dear Governor Snyder,
It is ridiculous to allow Nestlé to pump millions of gallons of clean water out of your state for free while the residents of Flint struggle to find and afford water that may or may not even be safe to drink. The rates at which these residents have paid for water that was actually poisoned with lead are ridiculous. Those in office throughout Michigan have already failed the people of Flint by allowing this water contamination crisis to occur. Letting a multi-billion dollar corporation take clean water from your state for free is just another slap in the face to the residents of Flint.
Nestlé is exploiting Michigan’s natural resources while the people of Flint suffer. This is unfair and immoral. The water in Lake Michigan belongs to Michiganders. Your obligation as governor of Michigan is to serve the interests of Michigan residents, not the interests of massive corporations.
This cannot go on any longer. I urge you to shut down Nestlé’s free access to clean water in Michigan.
[Your Name Here]
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