Now, if you need more persuasion and you didn't already click that link because the obvious comes easy to you, then here are some facts that should get you to go back up in this blog and click that link and register.
Those dams have capacity of 3,033 megawatts but during 2000-2012 they averaged 961 megawatts. Pacific Northwest wind capacity is now 8,976 megawatts.
So, there isn't a power argument that can be made to keep the lower Snake River dams.
Taxpayers have spent $700 million to improve the lower Snake River dams for juvenile fish passage. The money was wasted because they didn't improve smolt survival, wild chinook smolt survival was just 52 percent from 2000-2012 and wild steelhead was 46 percent from 2000-2012. Wild chinook smolt survival was 59 percent in 1999. Those improvements didn't improve anything.
So much for the argument that we can build a better river.
Freight would increase they said, it didn't. Container traffic on barges declined 82 percent, actually it is non-existent now. One could ask this question and might find a surprisingly embarrassing answer in the offing. Are there more juvenile fish transport barges going down the lower snake than barges with containers? If that isn't already the case, the day is coming and why would we keep four dams just so we can barge juvenile fish so they might have a better chance of surviving passage through the dams?
The irrigation argument is, as I've pointed out time and again, solved with the purchase of more sections of pipe into a free flowing Snake River.
It will cost $1.5 billion to do the rehabilitation work on the dams' turbines the two times they will need the work done over the life of the dams.
Passive use value for a free flowing Snake River was $420 million in 2002, somebody get a calculator.
The annual cost of keeping the dams is projected to be $160.7 million annually for the next 100 years.
Or we could have recovered populations of wild salmon and wild steelhead swimming back to the best rearing habitat they have left in the lower 48 in Central Idaho and also in accessible eastern Oregon and Washington streams.
Your commitment of one day could turn the tide, your participation could be what finally gets people to understand the facts and the facts say breaching not only makes sense for wild salmon and steelhead, but it makes sense for taxpayers, ratepayers and the people of the Pacific Northwest and the people of the United States of America.