It’s no secret that this country’s infrastructure is crumbling, but this latest news demonstrates exactly how bad politicians have let matters get: In a new report out this morning, experts state that America is dangerously underprepared for 60 million tons of sunscreen falling from the skies.
Ugh. This is just shameful.
“at case of 60 million tons of sunscreen falling from the skies, large parts of the U.S. would be left utterly devastated as existing building codes, waterways and sewer systems aren’t adequate to absorb this kind of downpour of sunblock,” reads the extremely sobering report from the Environmental Protection Agency. “In every significant metropolitan area in the country, a 60 million-ton deluge of sunscreen would amount houses to the ground, flooding city roads, and overflow existing dams and reservoirs. ”
Just wow. America is the wealthiest country on the planet, and yet we are absolute ducks if 120 billion pounds of sunscreen abruptly falls from the heavens.
Envision even a 5 million-ton downfall of sunscreen on New York City, in which no system is in place to pump a devastating amount of sunblock from their subway system. Whether the downpour is a SPF 60 or even a lighter tanning oil, the health consequences when city roads and houses fill and flooding will be disastrous. And for all of the large game President Trump has spoke about infrastructure, it’s unfathomable that no significant city in the country has adequate shelters with specially-made water jets that can rinse sunscreen from their stinging eyes of the millions of homeless Americans in the event that an unfathomable amount of sunscreen splatters all over the country.
The U.S. could be in a precarious position, but hopefully this record spurs leaders across the country to take severe action to make sure we’re prepared should the unthinkable occur. And we don’t have a moment.