WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE, BUT NOT A DROP FOR POWER! – The Debate over Renewable Energy

Hydropower is defined as energy derived from water flowing through a turbine.  Dams provide a dependable source of hydropower.   This article addresses the debate over whether or not hydropower should be considered a “renewable” and/or "sustainable" energy source.  The answer depends as much upon your location as who you ask. In Sierra Club board rooms …

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DATA OR IDEOLOGY – What drives the REWILDING agenda?

Undoing the damage caused by REWILDING propaganda films such as “How Wolves Change Rivers”, (which has now reached over 80 million views through multiple postings on Youtube), has proven to be a daunting and perhaps futile endeavor.  Millions of people are now convinced that wolves are "good" and "necessary" for the environment because of their …

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WOLVES DON’T KILL CATTLE. THEY ARE TOO BUSY CHANGING RIVERS!

Last fall, Malheur County Sheriff’s deputies investigated and confirmed six cattle depredations by wolves in a two month time span.  Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials say the cattle were killed by “other causes”, which leaves the ranchers without the option to collect compensation for their losses as provided for in the state’s Wolf …

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BOWING TO THE CROWN- Selling Our Energy Future

The sale of Avista Utilities to Hydro One is nearing the final hurdle.  Does it matter who owns our regional utility company?   Do we really want the management of our local energy supply to become entangled in the politics of a foreign government? Yesterday, Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative “Torries” swept into power in Ontario. The …

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THE HYDRO ONE – AVISTA UTILITIES DEAL- “Lunatic Fringe, I know You’re Out There!”

As soon as I heard that the Sierra Club supported and was involved with the takeover of Avista Utilities by Canada's Hydro One, I knew there was a problem. My concerns bore out at today's Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission hearing at the Spokane Valley City Hall.  I signed in to testify and ask questions …

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CLAW MARKS ON YOUR DOOR: The Naked Truth about REWILDING

After twenty years of trying to raise awareness about REWILDING, it's really depressing that so many people still don't get what's going on and what's at stake.  Forgive me for repeating the obvious, but the basic facts cannot be over emphasized. Gray wolves and grizzly bears provide our best examples of how the Endangered Species …

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STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN, OR HIGHWAY TO HELL – Spirituality in Rock n’ Roll

A recent article in the Spokesman-Review newspaper highlighted the upcoming Santana concert in Spokane.[i]  Very cool, I thought, maybe I’ll go!  But then the article reminded me of some things that drive Carlos Santana's music that made me have second thoughts. [To read the article, click here.] I’ve always liked Santana, as well as most …

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