Stephen Lacey at Climate Progress tells how Senator Jim Inhofe became deathly sick after swimming in the algae infected Grand Lake in Oklahoma. The whole story is well worth the read but I can’t help giving away the punch line (Well, one of several punch lines).
Because “toxins harmful to humans and animals can be produced in some algae blooms,” it is strongly recommended you do not swim in places where there are visible blooms. Ironically, Inhofe, who has chaired the Senate Environment Committee, didn’t know that, but even his teenage granddaughter figured it out.
“I didn’t think anything about it,” he said, recalling that he had encouraged his 13-year-old granddaughter to join him in the water but she declined.
“She didn’t want to get in that green stuff.”
Maybe she should be Senator.
Yeah, and minority leader of the Senate Environment Committee too.