In other environmental news, a federal judge has ruled that the Bush administrations plan to save endangered salmon in the Pacific Northwest is insufficient, and that the government may need to reconsider removing the huge dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers. To be sure, those dams do harm salmon, and probably should come down--if we are serious about saving salmon. Id like to see it put to an advisory vote in Oregon and Washington: I have little doubt how those two "green" states would vote. Theyd vote to keep their cheap hydro power, and the salmon be damned, so to speak.
This episode raises another interesting point. Environmentalists always like to attack "corporate polluters" for our environmental problems. But it wasnt a corporation that built those huge dams on the Columbia and Snake--it was FDRs New Deal. Likewise, the chief culprit in the ecological ruin of the Florida Everglades was the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Nobody can trash the environment like the government can. But you dont hear this very often from the greens, who desire above all else more government power. It would be "off message."