Dam Saturday


Dam busting is a grand tradition of American environmentalism. In 1966, when the Sierra Club and allies got Congress to prohibit new dams in the Grand Canyon it was “a turning point, the biggest victory yet for conservation,” according to the PBS documentary A Fierce Green Fire.

At the innermost center of an environmentalist’s hell “stands a dam,” wrote John McPhee, the godfather of nature writing, back in 1971. “Possibly the reaction to dams is so violent because rivers are the ultimate metaphors of existence, and dams destroy rivers.”

The environmental movement was so successful in its opposition that it effectively ended all major dam building in the United States. But blocking that source of low-carbon power, did nothing to quench the growing thirst for electricity. More often that not, fossil fuel-fired power plants came to replace hydropower, using water from those undammed rivers to cool their boilers, according to a recent study by Edson Severnini, an assistant professor of economics and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University.


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18 Responses to Dam Saturday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Damed if you do and damped if you don’t.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Den, can’t you find a better collection of atavars?


  3. David B. Benson says:

    For the 3rd time…


  4. David B. Benson says:

    I seem to have overused this replacement battery. Won’t even hold a charge, even if plugged in, while using the device. 😦


  5. David B. Benson says:

    Carol, a few days ago I left a couple of suggestions for you. Wondering if you read those?


  6. David B. Benson says:

    BPA, the Bonneville Power Administration. is asking people to use less electricity as they are running out of water behind the damn dams.


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Once again, an article in the Guardian about the impressive Japanese school lunch system. World’s best.


  8. Den says:

    There, Avatars gone, can’t stand to hear adults cry, WAAAA!


  9. David B. Benson says:

    Dihydrogen monoxide can cause asphyxiation. Better ban it. 😐


  10. David B. Benson says:

    Walkways better cleared during the 15 minute stick walk to the north side of the Hillside Cafe.


  11. Micki says:

    Windy here.

    I’m quite pleased the Avatars are gone.

    I don’t put up yard signs. I don’t wear message T-shirts. I avoid manufacturers’ names and labels on the outside of my clothing. I remove the license plate frame that always comes with a new car. (And I really dislike it, when an auto dealer stencils its name on the backside of a vehicle that no longer belongs to them!) . So, why would I want some anonymous algorithm decide what Avatar suits me?

    Did I say, it was windy here? 😉


  12. Micki says:

    I also dislike bumper stickers.


  13. Den says:

    Free yourself from the clutches of LOGO Land!


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