Federal Report Rejects Dam Demolition

Destabilized Power Grid Overrules Protection of Endangered Salmon

The Bureau of Reclamation, within the Department of the Interior, recently released a report stating that plans to remove several hydroelectric dams in the Northwest of the nation are impossible under current energy needs. This report marks the sixth effort of various federal agencies to move within compliance with the Endangered Species Act’s requirement to protect the endangered fish. Each plan was shot down through legal action on the part of state and local governments. 

According to the report, removing the dams would “provide a long-term benefit to species that spawn or rear in the mainstem Snake River habitats.” However, it also deemed that the cost to the power grid would be too high to justify such an action. Power costs, and a rise in greenhouse gasses would occur as a result of removing the hydroelectric generators. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • That God would guide the Interior Department on how best to balance the energy and ecological needs of the nation.
  • That the Trump Administration would be used by God to be good stewards of God’s creation.
  • That the energy needs of the U.S. would be met through sustainable efforts.

Sources: AP, USBR.gov, Seattle Times


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