In looking some at the background of the new appointee to head up EPA’s Region 7, I see he authored an interesting book about a dam that wasn’t built.

As discussed here by the University of Washington Press, Public Power, Private Dams: The Hell’s Canyon High Dam Controversy, by Karl Boyd Brooks,was about a

dam controversy, which became a referendum not only on public-power expansion but also on the environmental implications of the New Deal’s natural resources and economic policy.

Private-power critics of the Hells Canyon High Dam posed difficult questions about the implications of damming rivers to create power and to grow crops. Activists, attorneys, and scientists pioneered legal tactics and political rhetoric that would help to define the environmental movement in the 1960s. The debate, however, was less about endangered salmon or threatened wild country and more about who would control land and water and whether state enterprise or private capital would oversee the supply of electricity.


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