Tesla CEO Elon Musk set off a tweet storm Wednesday by suggesting he’d be willing to put some of his fortune on the line to help out families that has been dealing with contaminated water in Flint, Mich.
“Please consider this a commitment that I will fund fixing the water in any house in Flint that has water contamination above FDA levels. No kidding,” Musk stated in a tweet from his authorized Twitter account.
Musk was replying to a Tweet from @DylanSheaMusic who tried to rattle Musk by saying the buzz was that Musk would not be able to get clean water to Flint:
“Said you wouldn’t be capable.”
What the comments via Twitter really mean, of course, is yet to be seen. But it certainly is buzzworthy.
“We’re super excited. He reaffirmed the generosity of this nation and their support for Flint,” said Mona Hanna-Attisha, a Hurley Medical Center pediatrician who was among the first whistleblowers to prove lead contamination in Flint’s drinking water in 2015. She now is the director of the Michigan State University-Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative.
“We are really excited about his involvement in Flint’s recovery,” she said. “I think it would be amazing if he actually helped with jobs. That would be the best thing he could bring to Flint is jobs.”