Dam Reports Reaction Pt 1

Dam Reports Reaction Pt 1

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson. It’s one “dam story” after another with the same “dam conclusion,” remove the dams.

Most recently, according to U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse, is U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Governor Jay Inslee and now the President, appear to be “cherry picking” information from recent dam removal reports that supports their agenda …

NEWHOUSE … “One thing that is changing in this whole “dam story” is that the rhetoric is louder than ever. Now it’s just not coming from a U.S. Senator or our state governors, but now it’s coming from the White House too. And, truly the stakes are high and the situation is as critical as it’s been in a long time.”

As long, Newhouse says, as it fits their narrative …

NEWHOUSE … “Cherry picking is exactly the right term. Since we’re in cherry season, I think that it’s apropos, but science was the casualty here. They were very selective on what science to include in this report.”

Missing in the report, Newhouse says is the higher salmon returns in recent years …

NEWHOUSE … “Those were conveniently left out of any of this report which really begs the whole question, what are we trying to accomplish here? Is it truly to save salmon? Is it truly to increase the numbers of salmon, or is the goal here just to breach dams?”

Tune in tomorrow for more on the recent dam breaching reports on the Lower Snake River and the politics at play.

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