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Tear Out the Snake River Dams

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On February 10, 2021
I cannot overstate how huge this is, especially given who is making the proposal. For nearly three decades, the region has been stuck in unending litigation and spiraling costs as salmon in the Columbia and Snake rivers decline toward extinction. But in a sweeping $34 billion proposal from an unlikely source, at an auspicious moment, […]
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Donald Trump sure has shown those neoliberals how a Man of the People governs: For years, the Interior Department resisted proposals to raise the height of its towering Shasta Dam in Northern California. The department鈥檚 own scientists and researchers concluded that doing so would endanger rare plants and animals in the area, as well as […]
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As the endless battle to manage salmon in the Columbia River basin marches on, the courts are now forcing the govenrment agencies that manage salmon to respond to new data on how climate change will affect the salmon, making a harder case that the government is actually protecting the salmon under the Endangered Species Act. […]

Dam Removal

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On December 5, 2015

I realize that most LGM readers don’t spend a lot of time thinking about western natural resource politics. But these issues are central to understanding the politics of the West, particularly w

The Nature of Modern Protest

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On November 2, 2014
I found this article on the rise of radical ecoprotests in France really interesting because it reinforces my understanding of the nature of developed world protest since 1991 as being opposed to high modernist ideology rather than capitalism or socialism. These protestors seem to have much the same worldview as many involved in Occupy, Earth […]

A World of Dams

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On October 28, 2014

Plumer has a good rundown of the complexity of dam building around the world. The world’s rapidly growing demand for energy means that every way we can turn the natural world into power is going

Hetch Hetchy

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On February 17, 2012

An iconic moment in environmental history is the construction of the Hetch Hetchy Dam. San Francisco, always desperate for fresh water supplies, looked to the Sierra Nevada to quench its thirst by the

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