Monday, April 15, 2019

When Arguing With Dam Proponents...

Be prepared for witty repartee, enlightened thinking and civility

I should know better.

Nobody ever wins these types of battle, but sometimes I cant help myself and some good old fashion trolling is in order.

This particular pro lower 4 snake river dams page is sad.  Same time tested and debunked myths about the lower 4 snake dams.  Their need for irrigation, for flood control, their role in the power grid and many others trotted out as fact.

As a reminder, these particular dams were put online to serve to make Lewiston and or Clarkston a glowing city on the hill.  A mega inland seaport with tremendous economic might.  Not for flood control, not to optimize electricity production, not for water retention and irrigation purposes

They were made to enhance the Snake to Columbia as a shipping route.  Electricity was an afterthought.

So the reason they were built no longer makes economic sense.  What now?

Container and barge traffic down 70-90%.  Ratepayers (aka, all of us) on the hook for billions in Salmon and Steelhead mitigation costs (read, hatcheries and dam passage improvements) .  Lewiston and Clarkston not growing and economically stagnant.  Salmon and Steelhead stocks on the continue trend to extinction. 

There's a hundred other reasons why the lower 4 Snake dams no longer make sense. 

Dam proponents want to lump all the Columbia and Snake dams into one category.  We have to separate the Snake dams away from the power producers like Bonneville, John Day, McNary and the like.  Nobody is asking for their removal.  They ARE important to the power grid.

Again, I couldnt help myself.   Guess it's time to move to Seattle.

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