We’ve all been there before. The hope that a fresh face will bring needed changes and make our lives better. So it was in the Columbia-Snake basin. Hopes ran high as the Obama administration declared that it would place science before politics.
Not so. Instead, they decided to go forward with the Bush era plan for Snake River recovery, really a laughable exercise in cynicism rather than anything that has even a remote chance of recovering four endangered Snake River stocks. Perhaps most disapointing is the intentional repackaging of the most odious part of the Bush plan, the “trending toward recovery” standard while retaining the substantive content which could mean that if so much as one additional fish makes it to its natal waters the plan adequate.
We could have seen the administration move towards a solution that protects vested interests in the Snake basin, develops a clean energy economy, delivers and protects jobs and recovers endangered salmon and steelhead.
Instead we get this. It is a sad day for those of us who hoped for better-and more importantly, for the endangered fish of the Columbia basin.–KM
This is a breaking story-the Obama administration announced its intentions today. Read more here.