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Talking points for comments to FERC, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding dam removal and Klamath irrigators' power rates:
by Jim Foley, miner 11/13/06,

(Please consider the following points to include in your letters to FERC > Power Rates Needed for Klamath Project Survival, by KBC)

1.      A vocal and well funded environmental minority is attempting to make it appear that they represent the public majority.

2.      We cannot systematically dismantle our society’s infrastructure to appease environmental extremists.

3.      No studies have been done to assess the damaging affects of dam removal on this scale.

4.      No consideration has been given for the wetlands, refuges and endangered species behind these dams.

5.      No consideration has been given to the loss of private property value and resulting loss of our counties tax base from dam      removal.

6.      The dams provide electricity to 70,000 residents. If the dams are removed we will have to buy power at a time when      California already has to buy power from other states.

7.      Electrical rates will soar in the wake of dam removal.

8       In the time since dam construction, a whole ecosystem has evolved above the dams. This will be completely destroyed if  radical environmentalists have their way.

9.      With dam removal we will be once again at risk for the major flooding and drought below the dams that was prevalent     before the dams were built.

10      No provision has been made for continuing to supply water for irrigation in the Klamath project. Without water the farms        and ranches will disappear and families will be bankrupt.
(Note by KBC - these dams do not effect Klamath Project water storage. Klamath irrigators need reasonable power rates and water certainty. Endangered fish swimming into the Project could be problematic)

11.     It is patently wrong to remove dams on the premise of saving salmon when there is no scientific proof that dam removal  will accomplish that goal.

12.     Dam removal will do more harm to the salmon and all other species, both downstream as well as upstream than leaving     them in place.

13.     At a time when third world nations are desperately trying to create this type of infrastructure, we are considering throwing    away 100 years of progress.

14.     The supreme irony and resulting tragic consequences of removing these dams would be to find out after the fact that it  really was not the dams, but ocean conditions, confirmed by peer reviewed science that were causing any salmon decline.
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