“GRANTS PASS, Ore.—A California congressman tried Thursday to block removal of four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River by eliminating funding for a key study.
“In Washington, D.C., Republican U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock succeeded in putting an amendment into the House continuing resolution Wednesday that cut $1.9 million from the Department of the Interior budget for the rest of this year.
“McClintock planned to offer a second amendment Thursday to specifically target the study being done so that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar can decide whether to go ahead with removing the dams as part of a landmark agreement to open hundreds of miles of spawning habitat for struggling salmon blocked for a century, assure water for farmers on a federal irrigation project, and restore the ecology of the Klamath Basin.
“At a time we can’t guarantee enough electricity to keep people’s air conditioning going, the idea of tearing down four perfectly good hydroelectric dams turning out 155 megawatts of power . is insane,” McClintock told The Associated Press from Washington, D.C.”
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