Sure, We’ll Just Get Rid of the Dams

By December 20, 2007Energy

You would think that with so much opposition within the environmental movement to fossil fuels — C02 and global warming being anathema — that hydroelectricity would be warmly embraced, endorsed, hailed.

Oh, who are we kidding? We’ve been around long enough to know that’s not going to be the case. From today’s Oregonian, a letter from Pat Reiten, president of Pacific Power.

The recent flood closure of Interstate 5 along our most vital transportation artery between Portland and Seattle provided a startling dose of reality. What if authorities chose to permanently remove the water-damaged portion of I-5 without offering up a proven alternative route?

As ridiculous as that sounds, that’s exactly what hundreds of thousands of Pacific Power customers face as various special interests clamor for attention in southern Oregon, advocating an abrupt end to renewable hydropower along the Klamath River.

Setting aside the fact that hydropower is one of the most abundant sources of renewable energy we have on our planet and its historic role as a crucial low-cost economic catalyst for the Northwest, we first need to ask ourselves: What is the proven alternative and who will pay the price?

Some people don’t care, Mr. Reiten, and unfortunately, they have a major influence on public policy.

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