Our Klamath Basin
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Removing Klamath dams doesn’t make any sense
Herald and News Letter to the Editor March 31, 2009 by Bernie
Agrons, Klamath Falls
I believe that natural resource policies should result in the
greatest good to the greatest number in the long run. The proposed
removal of Klamath River dams fails that test. Benefit to salmon
fishers would result in increased electricity costs to thousands
of PP&L ratepayers.
Salmon fisherman are hardy people engaged in a dangerous business.
It is expensive to run and maintain their boats. Though there are
plenty of fish in the sea, salmon fetch the best price and they
live and die by the salmon harvest.
When preservationists succeeded in destroying the lumber industry
by locking up the federal timber supply, our loggers and lumberman
— also hardy outdoors men engaged in a dangerous business — got on
with their lives and the affected communities took an enormous
financial beating and struggled to survive. The public interest
was ill served.
I admire the salmon fishers, but their contribution to the broad
public interest does not justify increasing the cost of
electricity to individuals and businesses that are major engines
of our economic well being. I am not convinced that it would
result in the greatest good to the greatest number in the long
It does not make economic, social, or political sense to increase
the cost of power to the general public to benefit a small number
of people in a declining business.
Thursday May 07, 2009 09:15 AM Pacific
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