I’ve posted about our national love affair with lead poisoning before, but John Oliver almost makes it funny. Well, except that something this tragic isn’t funny at all.
We spend billions, if not trillions on fighting terrorism, and yet we won’t spend the money to clean up the lead in our environment, the lead that we stupidly put there ourselves. Despite the fact that it would save far more lives. And we are talking about children’s lives.
The World Health Organization estimates that lead exposure accounts for 143,000 deaths every year, and around 600,000 cases of brain damage in children annually, which causes intellectual disabilities.
There is also plenty of evidence that reducing lead pays for itself. Every dollar we spend on lead remediation returns at least $17 on lower crime and health costs.