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Studded Tires – Short and Sweet

Oregroanian March 30, 2007 page C2: “Studded Tires must be off by Sunday”

According to this article, “ODOT’s estimate that these tires cost at least $11 million in damage yearly on all roads from city streets to freeways.” They not only cost dollars but the ruts they form in the pavement also cause more accidents than they are supposed to prevent during the one or two days a year they are needed. It is not like we have no better place for That $11 million. Think what it could do for Oregon schools.

By C Blume

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Irresponsible Sport

Oregroanian March 29, 2007 page B1: Yesterday I commented on an article about a mountain rescue operation, “Good Dog – Dumb People.” Today another article, “Fatal current foreseeable, surfers say.” This story reports the death of one of three surfers who did not understand their sport well enough to participate. The winds and current were far to sever for them to venture into the water. The three were swept away from shore by the strong current. Only one manage to regain the shore on his own, and called 911. Once again, rescuers were called to the scene. They managed to save one of the two remaining surfers in the water.

The trouble is that Mother Nature can be beautiful and serene, but she can turn ugly quickly. There is tremendous power in nature, those that don’t understand that, are the ones that get into trouble and call others to put themselves into peril to save these people from their stupidity. Something must be done about irresponsible sport. For example if these people were made financially responsible for their rescue, or were fined, would that cause more people to seek training and reduce the number of these emergencies? Boat safety courses have reduced fatalities, in boating. Should safety courses be required for all dangerous sports?

By A Bialystock

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Good Dog – Dumb People

Oregroanian March 28, 2007 page E1: An article titled, “Good dog? A Doggone Great Dog,” discussed how a dog saved the life lives of three stranded climbers who were too stupid to know danger when they saw it. Every year climbers on Mt hood must be rescued by other people risking their lives because these people want to do stupid things. Part of the attraction of Mountain Climbing is that it exposes you to danger. Whereas they may have a right to put their lives in danger, they do not have the right to put others lives in danger when they find themselves over extended. If you are going to play Russian roulette for kicks, you got to face the reality that some times the chamber is loaded. Sure several volunteer rescue groups help save them, and again the stupid climbers used the dog to repay them. Good ole Matty Bryant, not only is he under educated on weather, and a user of other people, but can’t even face his debts without using a dog. It was nice of velvet to repay the volunteer rescue groups but what about the many other state and federal organizations that are supported by taxpayers which were involved in the unnecessary rescue to save his behind so that he can be stupid again.

Matty Bryant and many like him want to do what they want to do, when they want to do it, but are always unprepared to face the reality of their stupidity. What this world needs is less Matty’s and more velvets.

By A Bialystock

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Endangered Species Act

Oregroanian March 28, 2007 page A4: An article titled, “Species act Proposals raise some hackles,” it also raises some cheers. The endangered species act is the worst piece of legislation since prohibition. In the late 19th century, Muir, Audubon and Roosevelt began the conservation movement to correct a problem between man and the rest of nature. Thirty years ago, this movement reached a crescendo of legal action resulting in the Clean Water Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Forest Practices Act and the Endangered Species Act. These laws were intended to improve the environment, unfortunately, they are ill defined and poorly administered. The result is that we have the Migratory Bird Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act conflicting with the Endangered Species Act. We currently have many species that once were near extinction that are fast becoming vermin and feeding on other endangered species.

I am not advocating that we return to the 19th century but we try to stop the pendulum somewhere near the center. Collaborating with nature is not just stopping extinctions. When Muir proposed sanctuaries, the marine mammals number less than 100. Presently the over 700,000 marine mammals off the Pacific Coast consume large quantities of salmon and other human food sources that is sorely needed to feed a hungry world. Collaborating with nature requires hard decisions. What is currently lacking in the environmental laws is a basis for making sound decisions. Scientist says we need biodiversity, wetlands, etc., but they do not say how much is needed. “All we can get!” is not the answer. Many times during the history of this planet, biodiversity was reduced by 90%. The result of that reduction was a burst of new and improved species. The wetlands so dogmatically protected and enlarged not only increase the spread and risk of west Nile fever, they also produce large amounts of methane a green house gas 25 times more potent than CO2. Seems ironic that the environmentalist 30 years ago made some short sighted decisions that have help produce an even bigger environmental disaster, global warming. Facts were never a strong suit of the environmental religion.

By C Blume


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Carbon Foot Print

Oregroanian March 25, 2007 page B1: An article titled, A 26.2 mile Portland Ad, that former state Senator is among a group pushing to get a more science route for the Portland Marathon, which draws some 8000 participants. Hold on Senator, are you not in the 21-century. Carbon dioxide is a major cause of Global warming. Are you unaware that humans release carbon dioxide into the air, and that running causes them to release more into the atmosphere? The carbon footprint of this single event is 515 metric tons of CO2. If all those runners are going to talk the talk, they should begin to walk the run. Physical fitness is killing our planet.


By C Blume

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Do Safety Corridors Decrease Accidents

In this article Lt. Marlene West of the Oregon State Patrol in the McMinnville office referring to the corridor states, ”It isn’t perfect, but it’s safer.” The data does not support that statement. Two graphs presented in the article, show that the traffic on the stretch of highway designated as a safety corridor has increased about 19 percent while the accidents on the highway increased as much as 25 percent. The data presented shows that the number of accidents has increased substantially more than the traffic while the number of fatalities remained constant. There is little doubt that safety corridors bring in double the amount of fines but according to the data provided they apparently do not reduce accidents or deaths. The purpose of these corridors is therefore unclear. It may well be that the money spent on the signs and extra patrols could be spend better elsewhere.


By E Geese

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Scare the Hell out of the Kids

Oregroanian March 22, 2007 page A1: An article titled, Sweating the Future, stated, “Every Generation has its fears. Before the polio vaccine, parents kept their children indoors, on hot summer days, -- no swimming pools, no picnics. Then came the Cold war and its fears of sudden annihilation. …after the 911, attacks terrorism dominated the worry agenda. But today, concern over climate change appears to be replacing the ideas of atomic Armageddon …”

First, it is necessary to correct some overstatements, as a child in the forties; we were not kept indoors, on any days. Further, you didn’t swim in pools, you swam in lakes and rivers and everybody did it. During the cold war most of the people went on with their lives, only a very few built shelters, and they were looked on as strange.

If a lesson is to be learned from all of those disastrous events, it is that none of them took place. Only a very few got polio, not nuclear Armageddon took place. All failures of a nuclear plant outside of the Soviet Union were successfully contained with very few injuries. The US has had only one terrorist attack in 6 years. Why is it that some many disasters continue to surface?

Since the time of Jesus, the end of the world has been predicted to be coming soon. It hasn’t. Why is that? First of all it is easy to convince most people that doom is near. Second fear can be used to control people. Al Gore or course has no agenda. The documentary, “the inconvenient truth” is full of half-truths designed specifically to arouse the public. During WWII, this form of communication was called propaganda and was used by all participants as an effective way of controlling them. What is amazing is that this process continues to work. Those who don’t know history are destine to make the same mistakes.

The good green folks of the past, banned nuclear power, and the building of dams and in their place constructed coal fire plants, which are responsible for most of the industrial pollution.

Is global warming happening? Maybe. Will controlling industrial pollution stop it? Probably not, because it has no single cause. Will burying your garbage in the back yard, walking to the store or scaring the hell out of your kids help. Probably not. During WWII people rolled bandages, knitted sweaters, which ended up in warehouses, did it do any good? Yes, it made the people feel like they were helping, kept them out of the way and the professionals did their job.


By A Bialystock

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Good ole Ron

Oregroanian March 21, 2007 page C1: In an article titled, Deal reached on Federal Timber Cash to Counties”. States, “For a century, counties received a portion of receipts from logging on federal land in their boundaries. The money pays for services such as road repair and police. But timber harvests declined in the 1960’s, so did the payments.”

What the article failed to indicate was that not only did the federal money decline so did the jobs from the timber industry destroying the income to hundreds of thousand of Oregon citizens and forcing hundreds of small independent logging firms, the so called Jippo loggers, out of business. Where does Ron stand on restoring small business and jobs for rural Oregon? He simply takes our money and throws it a problem that could be solve by sensible and sustainable logging in Oregon.


By C Blume

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Wind Power and Hot Air

Oregroanian March 21, 2007 page B1: In an article titled Part of Answer is Blown in the Wind. Leads off with the statement, “Wind-powered electricity is clean to produce, the fuel comes free and resources last forever.” Where it is true that wind power is clean, it is certainly not free, neither economically, environmentally nor aesthetically. Economically wind power is one of the most expensive ways to generate power. Denying cheap power to the poor of the world is not an answer to global problems. Forcing middle class to carry the load is also counter-productive. Environmentally, wind is what drives the weather system on this planet. Removing large amounts of energy from the weather system will cause a major impact to the global climate. Wind already has a purpose in mixing the atmosphere and blowing the clouds around. Wind leaving a wind farm has considerable less energy (6,000 megawatts) to expend on its task of modifying weather. Finally, there is nothing quite as beautiful as thousands of acres filled with tall towers and whirling blades. Which would you rather live next to a reservoir or a wind farm?

Global climate change is possibly the major issue that humans have ever faced. The two most sensible ways of solving this problem have been taken off the table. We must maximize the use of hydro and nuclear power. Hydropower actually cools the atmosphere. The Columbia River hydro generating capacity could be increase substantially without build more dams, but by just adding extra generators. Plunging the earth into a global oven will not be beneficial to salmon.


By Emmett Geese

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Democracy or Mob Rule?

Oregroanian March 19, 2007 page A1: Banner Headlines; “After 4 years of War, Marchers want an end: Portland streets fill to protest “fighting a losing battle.” The article was accompanied with two pictures. Showing the usual group of angry people driven by the same urge for instant gratification that 100 years ago used to storm through the streets seeking to lynch someone they though was guilty. The crowd was estimated at 10,000 plus, which means that their was probably 5 thousand present, many not from the Portland area. Some professional protestors, who proudly wore the badges of past protest marches.

More importantly, this means that at least 600,000 people did not protest. The emphasis on this type of behavior disenfranchises the other 600,000 people in the area, and turns the decision process over to a few radical people whose philosophy can be expressed in ten words or less. Shouting in the streets to solve problems requires a certain child like IQ, and most certainly does not solve complex problems.


By C Blume



Walking the Walk

Oregroanian March 15, 2007 page C1 According to this article on Cars and Climate the House Energy Committee Chairmen John Dingell, D - Mich. said when talking to automakers, “that inaction will not work.” Hey John! Have you ever talked to the consumers? It is not only big cars and SUV’s that are the problem. Consider that using a car with a standard transmission and two-wheel drive will reduce fuel consumption by greater than 30 percent. Is the average driver in the US to stupid to drive a stick shift? On the other hand, is it that our concerned citizens want their convenience with out regard for the environment? Even such a simple thing as turning off your headlights during the day would save fuel. That savings though small per individual car is considerable when multiplied by the billion cars on the road today. There is no evidence that having headlights on during the day save a single accident. Does the fact that Portland gets two snow days a year justify the driving of a 4-wheel drive vehicle all year.

Time for all those who believe in global warming to walk the walk.


Emmett Geese



Climatology and Accuracy

An article in the March 9, 2007, issue of Science Magazine, the journal of the American Association of Scientists, on page 1351, states “The 2006 hurricane season was looking grim. Three hurricanes ripped across Florida during the 2004 season. Four hurricanes including Katrina, had ravaged the Gulf Coast in 2005. Now meteorological signs were unanimous in foretelling yet another hyperactive hurricane season, the eighth in 10 years. But the forecasts were far off the mark. The 2006 hurricane season was normal and no hurricanes even came anywhere near the United States or the Caribbean.”

Note the phrases, “unanimous in foretelling,” and the last sentence, which shows the value of that opinion. In fact, if that statement is correct, it understates that conclusion because during a “normal year,” what ever that is, several hurricanes strike the US and the Caribbean. Thus, the 2006 hurricane season was well below normal. Those with a normal memory may recall that the 2005 hurricane season was used as evidence for global warming and an example of what the future will bring.

Why is this being done? Are these people stupid? Are they uneducated? Probably not. Are they overzealous? Are they arrogant? Many are. We have all heard about corporate greed. Does scientific greed exist? Probably so. The more noise and dire predictions they can make about earthquakes, tsunamis, meteor impacts, the more research money that becomes available to them. Remember this is supposed to be a country governed by the people, and for the people. Thus, whatever one can do to get the public excited opens the federal coffers and research money flows; too bad, but true.

Presently we have the media, and many politicians, using the same term, “unanimous opinion,” about predicting global warming, 10 to 100 years from now. By their own admission, the unanimous opinion of climatologists is obviously not something we can accept as absolute truth. If their unanimous opinion is not accurate from one year to the next, how can we make important decisions on the future of global climate? Let me suggest, carefully. There are many things about global climate we do not know. But, what we do know is that the problem is complex, and has no one simple solution, like industrial pollution. There are greater producers of atmospheric carbon dioxide than industry. If the problem is as critical as science and the media believes, then it demands at complete and accurate remedy, which deals with all of the major contributors to global climate change and the issues surrounding the dilemma.


By D J Dodds



Global Problems and Simple Solutions

Global client change is currently getting a lot of attention. As fascinating and complex as this situation is there are several things, we can be sure of:
1) Global temperature has change for 4 billion years.
2) Many times in the past, the earth has been devoid of polar ice caps.
3) Global temperature is a complex system.
4) Complex global problems do not have simple solutions.

The Simple minds of some politicians and the media have centered on a single cause of global warming, i.e. “the industrialization of the planet.” Whereas that problem has gotten the publics attention, unfortunately industrial pollution is not the largest contributor to climate change. World industrial CO2 production is 6,000 million metric tons annually. However, there are at least two other major causes that have a larger effect on global temperature that have been ignored. For example, according to an article in Scientific American, 600 million metric tons (MMT) of methane are produce by the worlds forest and rise into the atmosphere each year. Whereas this is about 1/10 of the CO2 produced by industry each year, methane warms the atmosphere 23 times more than CO2. Thus in terms of carbon equivalents, this methane is equal to 13,800 MMT of C02, or over twice the pollution effects of industry.

Most people are aware that photosynthesis removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Few are aware that a natural process called Metabolism produces carbon dioxide. Metabolism is the process by which all animal life on the planet depend on for survival. Consider, that:
1. The average human breathes about 30 times per minute.
2. That the human lung exchanges about 4.5 liters of air each breath.
3. The carbon content of the average exhaled air is about 5.5% carbon dioxide .
4. Carbon dioxide weighs 1.8 grams per liter
A few simple calculations based on these facts shows that the average human exhales 7 metric tons of CO2 each year. Currently there exist on the planet 7 billion humans all breathing. That results in 49,000 MMT or the fact that humans themselves produce 7 times more CO2 than industry. China is the only country in the world that is taking steps to correct this situation.

Bottom line, focusing the solution to a global problem on a single cause that produce less than 10 percent of the problem will not solve the problem.


By D J Dodds



Democracy or Mob Rule?

Oregroanian March 19, 2007 page A1: Banner Headlines; “After 4 years of War, Marchers want an end: Portland streets fill to protest “fighting a losing battle.” The article was accompanied with two pictures. Showing the usual group of angry people driven by the same urge for instant gratification that 100 years ago used to storm through the streets seeking to lynch someone they though was guilty. The crowd was estimated at 10,000 plus, which means that their was probably 5 thousand present, many not from the Portland area. Some professional protestors, who proudly wore the badges of past protest marches.

More importantly, this means that at least 600,000 people did not protest. The emphasis on this type of behavior disenfranchises the other 600,000 people in the area, and turns the decision process over to a few radical people whose philosophy can be expressed in ten words or less. Shouting in the streets to solve problems requires a certain child like IQ, and most certainly does not solve complex problems.


By C Blume



Hello Portland??

Oregroanian March 16, 2007 page A1: According to an article entitled “Rent Soars. Creative edged out. Who Will Keep Portland Weird?” Places like Microscosm Publishing are being edged out by high rent. Microcosm Publishing carries such offerings as Guides to Anarchy, the Politics of Biodiesel, even Adventures in Menstruating. Maybe, as strange as it seem, most of the people in Portland do not want the city to be weird.

Glorifying diversity, glorifies difference. Difference builds walls. It is better to glorify sameness. Sameness builds bridges. We are all humans, we all are basically the same we laugh, cry and bleed. Many of the seeds sowed in the sixties brought forth thistles.

For those that prefer diversity, they can move to Bloomington and of course, there is always the Oregroanian. Now, if we could just figure out how to get rid of it?


By C Blume



Another Large Source of Carbon Dioxide

Consider that in 1804, the human population reached 1 billion people. In 1928, 124 years later it reached 2 billion people. In 1960, the world population became 3 billion people in only 32 years. Then in 1976, 16 years later the population reached 4 billion. Twelve years later, the world population exceeded 5 billion. Presently we have more than 7 billion people on the planet and at this rate, another billion in less than 10 years.

Consider, the following facts;
1. The average human breathes about 30 times per minute.
2. That the human lung exchanges about 4.5 liters of air each breath.
3. The carbon content of the average exhaled air is about 5.5% carbon dioxide.
4. Carbon dioxide weighs 1.8 grams per liter
5. World population is 7 billion people
6. World industrial CO2 is 6,000 million metric tons

Using these data, a series of short calculation shows that a single human exhales about 7 metric tons of CO2 per year. Since presently there are about 7 billion humans on the planet, the breathing of the human population produces about 49,000 million metric tons (MMT) of carbon dioxide per year. Compare this with the 6,000 MMT produce by all global industrial activities. Thus, population growth appears to be 800% larger factor affecting the increase in atmospheric CO2 than industrial activities including the burning of fossil fuels. This factor cannot be ignored if global warming is to be stopped.

Pulling on this string unravels a whole host of alarming conclusions. For example, there are considerably more than 7 billion other species that metabolizes on this planet. The combine CO2 produced by those species is estimated to be at least an order of magnitude higher, i.e. 500,000 MMT. If global warming is such a critical problem, is it wise to exclude any major producer.



By D Dodds


Victory or Defeat?

Oregroanian Mar 11, 2007 page A1: Bold Headlines proclaim, “Global Warming fight brings local victory.” It is followed with the statement that Oregonians benefit as the state leads in offsetting greenhouse gases. They touted synchronizing the traffic signals and how much gas that will save Oregonians. What about the gas wasted by using cars with 4-wheel drive and automatic transmissions. Both of these conveniences boost gas use over a 2-wheel stick shift by greater than 30%. What about the driving with headlights on during the day? The energy required by that wasted illumination comes directly out of the gas tank. Not my problem.

Buried on page D8 is a small two-paragraph note, which quietly points out that “the rising demand for ethanol has reportedly doubled the cost of corn.” Corn as you may know feeds much of the world. Either through livestock feed or even more directly in cornmeal and other staples of the third world companies. Oregon can certainly be proud that they are reducing greenhouse gasses by making food more expensive.

Be proud Oregon you have forced a power plant builder to donate $533,000 to synchronize streetlights, while ignoring any discomfort to yourselves and oh by the way increasing the hunger and poverty in the rest of the world. Not our problem.


By A Bialystock



Celilo Falls

Oregroanian Mar 8, 2007 page B7: Pat Ford the head of an activist group to save salmon wrote, ”I don’t belittle the past and present benefits of the Dalles Dam. But today Celilo’s falls and fisheries, sights and sounds, places and uses, would deliver something more valuable than electricity. If we could reach back and have that decision to make again, it would likely be different.”

Emotional words. If history has shown us anything, emotional decisions are most often mistakes. The basis of his plea is on the issue of saving salmon. The truth is that Celilo falls and the natives that romantically fished there killed more salmon that the Dallas Dam. Consider that every fish taken by the noble Native Americans carried 5000 eggs that never got to the breeding grounds.

Celilo falls was a hellish place for salmon. A major threat to their existence. To pass this fish killing machine the salmon had to hurl themselves at is churning cataracts. They expended great amounts of energy blindly launching themselves through the air into what they hoped was a pool of water. More often than naught they hit a solid basalt surface. The blow to their head killed many, that floated down stream and fed predators. A glancing blow caused extensive damage to the fish, even if he made the many headlong blind jumps successfully and reached the top of the falls, the wounds inflicted killed the fish before getting to the breeding grounds.

Mr. Fords closing remark, “That the surge and sustenance of salmon is dying for us now, and dead for our children 50 years from now.” Is certainly true, but the fault of this death is not on the dams, but on the parents who produced the children. Fifty years from now, the worlds population will be 20 million people. Consider than when the salmon flooded the waters of the Columbia there was only 2 million people on the planet. Unless humans can stop the flood of children, salmon will not be the only casualty of overpopulation, the future holds little for mankind.


By A Bialystock



Judge Blocks Timber Sale

Oregroanian Mar 8, 2007 page B1: ”Judge Michael Moseman, ruling on a lawsuit by the environmental group Bark, said the U.S. Forest Service had not considered the best available science when approving the Slinky timber sale in the Clackamas River drainage in 2003.”

Something is wrong with the system. Is a federal judge an expert on science? Is he in a position to determine what is the best available science? Who determines what is the best available science? Certainly best available science cannot be determined by an activist group, a judge or even a panel of eminent scientists. Science is not a democratic process. The only vote is truth. Activist group’s by the very definition and actions are radically biased organizations. The live and thrive on propaganda and half-truths. What ever happened to majority rules? The decisions effecting the direction of this country’s economics and well being is controlled by a single small group of people and the endangered species act.

Since methane causes global warming 25 times greater than CO2, did the Judge address the amount of methane produced by this forest? Probably not, because this science was just published last month. All Science that is designated as best available is at least 10 years old. In this day and age 10 year old science is quite simply out of date.

What this country needs is an activist group against activist groups. These groups should be subjected to the same tactics they use to harass and stop progress. Someone should sue them and bring them into court to prove that their science is the best possible science and their actions are in the best interest of the public and progress.


By Emmett Geese



Global Problems

Oregroanian Mar 6, 2007 page A1: A headline screaming about China’s dirty air.

In anything is evident today it should be that the problems of the world are everybody’s problems. Those problems are hunger, starvation, poverty, suffering, world terrorism and global warming. These problems are a result of 7 billion humans on a small planet. The causes of hunger and starvation are quite simply the lack of cheap and abundant food. Poverty and suffering can be reduced by cheap and abundant energy. If these two problems were solved, terrorism would die because humans that are well fed, and contented with their lives will not strap a bomb on their bodies and blow up anything.

This planet can comfortable support between 1 billion and 2 billion people which occurred in the middle half of the 1800s. Somehow, the world must get back to a sustainable population. China has to feed large numbers of starving people, crushed under poverty and suffering. They are at least trying to do something about the problem of population reduction. The rest of the civilized nations cannot criticize China until those nations also have a negative population growth.

Screaming about industrial emissions is blowing smoke. Renewable energy and green power is a gag in both senses of the word. This problem will not be solved by technology or throwing money at it. If left alone, the problem will solve itself. However, no one will like that solution. If Kulongoski wants to leave a legacy, forget bill 373. By 2025 we will have 10 billion people on the planet and his teensy weensy bit of expensive renewable energy will be a joke. Do something on the base problem. Do something about population control. God save us from stupidity


Staff



Loving the Dammed Snake River

Oregroanian March 3, 2007 page C1: An article titled BPA: removal of dams would cost up to 550 million a year. The article reports on the seemingly never-ending discussion between the BPA and the environmental and sport fishing groups who want the dams removed. Can we still be seriously talking about removing 3,000 megawatts of non carbon dioxide producing power? Who cares if the entire world turns, into a steaming caldron or the ice age returns as long as we are able to enjoy sports fishing. Never mind that there is no hard evidence that dams produce a net reduction of salmon. Sure dams kill some salmon they also save large amounts of salmon. There are rivers on the coast without dams and without salmon. But then, you can’t argue with a closed mind. The era of special interest groups and there singled minded bias was a thing of the 60’s and any good that came from these highly prejudice and close minded groups is far outweighed by the harm they produce.

We shouldn’t be removing dams. We should be building more. The environmental impact to these structures is almost nonexistent and technology is available to make these impacts even less. Consider the value of the power, which reduces human toil and the increase in food production from irrigation needed to feed a starving world.



By C K Blume phd



Stupid is as Stupid Does

Oregroanian March 3, 2007 page E1: “While the hungry sea lions below Bonneville Dam await the salmon course, they’re going wild for the sturgeon appetizer.”

Hello! Seven years ago, the paper on Saving Salmon pointed out that protected species kill 500 million salmon a year. See “Saving Salmon” on the archive page. There are considerably more of these protected species today and the kill number has risen. In the years since 1999, we have had a growth in the number of returning salmon based on improved conditions in the ocean. These increases only produce an increase in predators. In nature, there is a definite connection between food supply and sex.

The hard truth is if we want to have salmon, we need to responsibly reduce the number of predators that consume them. Further, the misplaced morality of allowing sea lions, seals and sea birds to gorge on salmon, while millions of people on the planet are starving escapes me. I know the seals have cute faces and big brown eyes, but have you ever looked into the eyes of a starving child. Where are the values of the US citizen?

The endangered species act; the Sierra Club’s and the Audubon Society’s narrow minded and irresponsible 19th century approach to world problems is disgusting and these organizations and the endangered species act have outlived their usefulness in a changing world. What was good when we had 2 billion people on the planet is not the same as what is good with 7 billion people on the planet. Times change and so do needs. The endangered species act needs serious revision, and the Sierra club, and Audubon society need to get out of the 18th century and into the 21st century.


By D J Dodds



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