The battle between economic interest and conservationists is a conflict that exists largely in the minds of conservatives. They continually speak of the need to protect future generations from things like government debt, and continually thwart any attempts to preserve a clean and safe environment for future generations.
they are working to remove dams from the Penobscot
River and return
it to a fishing and recreational paradise, like it was before.
The Great Works dam in
has blocked the river for
almost two centuries. But on June 11th it began to be demolished, a first step
in opening up 1,000 miles of river. The project is a collaboration between
business, conservation groups, state and federal agencies, and the Penobscot
nation. The removal is part of the Bradley,
Maine Penobscot River
Restoration Trust, a $62m public-private project, which also involves removing
the Veazie dam in 2013 and helping fish to get through at two other dams.
The Secretary of the Interior was there to participate in the celebration of the removal of a major dam.
Ken Salazar, the secretary of the interior, who attended the ceremony celebrating the demolition, said that deciding between job-creation and caring for the planet is a “false choice”. Eric Schwaab, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which has given $20.9m to the project, calls it vital not just to the health of the river, but to the commercial and recreational fishing it supports
And no this does not mean less economic activity and prosperity for the area, it means more.
Although no full economic analysis has been done, the
Fish and Wildlife Service
estimates that opening up the river will inject more than $500m into the local
economy. It should also bring jobs in eco-tourism. US
Most people would think you have to look very hard to find someone opposed to this, but that is not true. Just go to Conservative Maine Gov. Paul LePage and you can find this attitude.
But don’t worry those of you who want to dam up every river, destroy every fishing habitat and leave
future generations with the natural resources depleted. As soon as Republican gain full control of
the government, that’s exactly what everyone will get.