Judge doesn't rule out breaching Snake River dams to save salmon
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#1 May 19, 2009
So much for environmentalists and their mewling about "renewable energy resources." What they really mean is "renewable energy resources without any tradeoffs because we live in a pretend world where tradeoffs don't exist."
#2 May 20, 2009
Judge Reddenâs recent letter criticizing the federal agenciesâ proposal for salmon recovery could not come at a better time. This comes as a huge relief to me and other concerned Northwest citizens who have watched wild salmon populations decline while elected officials stand by and watch. The 2008 Bush-era salmon plan for the Columbia Basin reflects bad science and divisive politics, and it should remain with the last Administration. The Obama administration now has its chance to move forward, honor its commitment to the best available science, and bring together the people most affected by salmon and river management issues to solve this problem together. Any credible, science-driven process must look closely at all recovery options, including the removal of four costly dams on the lower Snake River. In his letter, the judge emphasizes that this planâs habitat restoration measures are ambiguous and unsupported by science. Scientists didnât approve this plan, and now it is clear, the court wonât either. As the judge stated, âwe cannot afford to waste another decade,â and without full and serious consideration of all recovery options, this is most surely what will happen.
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