Curtis Knight of the infamous CalTrout has written in favor of dam removal. It must be refreshing to know that Mr. Knight’s former boss at CalTrout is now the director of the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG). Mr. Knight probably feels that, in spite of overwhelming opposition to dam removal by the voters of Siskiyou County, this is a done deal.
The propaganda used by the dam removal group has not changed a bit. Another infamous leader called this tactic “The Big Lie.”
It goes something like this: Tell a big lie, keep it relatively simple, tell it over and over and over again, and people will believe it.
For example: Big lie number one. PacifiCorp had no choice; the dams were too expensive to upgrade and to maintain.
Toby Freeman of PacifiCorp told me
that PacifiCorp would have been
happy to continue to operate the
dams. If this were not true, why did
they apply for a new license? The
dams are in perfect working order
and are, according to the dam
inspectors, perfectly maintained.
PacifiCorp was extorted into its
position because of the outrageous
and exorbitant demands placed upon
them in the FERC process, again,
according to Mr. Freeman.
The carrot for PacifiCorp is the
release of all liability and the
opportunity to sell all of us more
expensive power. Rates have already
gone up 20 percent in advance of dam
removal. If dams are so harmful, why
are the “stakeholders” of the KBRA
not supporting the destruction of
the dam that supplies them
electricity? The only dams not
slated for destruction are the dams
that serve the “stakeholders.”
Big lie number two. Dam removal will
give everyone more water.
That statement is so insanely silly,
it is hard to stop laughing long
enough to comment. How on this Earth
does removal of water storage
provide more water to anyone?
Siskiyou County has a
right from Iron Gate. How does Mr.
Knight propose to give us more water
after the dams are removed? Where
does the magic of more water
originate? How does removing dams
downstream of the Klamath Project
guarantee the upper basin users more
The answer is easy. Destruction of
the dams on the mid Klamath was the
bribe the upper users agreed to in
order to avoid trouble from the
tribes and environmental communists
like CalTrout. Siskiyou County’s
problem arises from the fact that
removing the dams affects us and not
the upper basin. How easy it was for
these patriotic Americans to toss
their down river neighbors under the
Mr. Knight goes on to imply that we are just nitpicking a very noble enterprise in the focus upon what he calls “two very small aspects of the agreements, the economy and the environment.” Well, I must say, those are two pretty big areas for small points! Reading the KBRA/KHSA, reveals those two “small aspects” seem to dominate the entire project. If the economy and the environment are such small points, why should the taxpayers waste the money?
I would be remiss if I did not point
out that the expenditure of billions
of the tax payers’ dollars over 20
years for an experiment that the
expert panel report states, “Will do
little or nothing to restore Coho
Salmon,” seems to be a lot of our
money over what Knight calls minor