Nothing Left But Skeletons
by Brian Bennett
Seattle Times, November 10, 2007
There's no irony lost on the Halloween release of the administration's newest Federal Salmon Extinction Plan for Columbia and Snake river salmon and the communities that rely upon them. Ghoulish. Spooky. Macabre. Choose your adjective. The zombies in the White House are still running amok - trying one last time to breathe life into the cold, dead, illegal salmon plans of the past.
Once again, the good people of the nation will be forced to rely on the federal courts for help driving a stake through the black heart of this "new" plan.
All puns aside, what we really need is leadership in Congress to demand and work toward a plan that is legal, that follows good science, makes economic sense, and solves problems - rather than perpetuates them.
Is leadership from Congress and Gov. Christine Gregoire - after $8 billion wasted taxpayer dollars and salmon still headed to extinction - too much to ask for?
The opinions and supporting documents are available here.
Idaho's Sockeye: FCRPS Biological Opinion NOAA Fisheries' Executive Summary, 10/31/7
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