Enough about this blog...I have noticed a severe increase in the stories about how climate change is dooming salmon. It's like a bunch of people received some talking points and they are releasing story after story about how climate change is dooming our salmon. There was a story about salmon getting pinched between warm water and low water due to climate change, there have been others basically saying our salmon are doomed due to the effects of climate change. I must find out who is sending out these talking points because from a fatalistic approach or from a logical approach such stories say to those who control things like lower Snake River dams that there is no need to breach the dams because the salmon are truly damned.
I am not a climate change denier or whatever it is they are being called these days, but I am a climate change realist. And by that I mean I am not one who is floored by the idea that the climate is changing. Yes, this was once Snowball Earth and this was once a very hot and steamy planet and it has been everything in between and will continue to be so. Yes, I do believe that our emissions have had some direct effect in climate change, but I do not pretend to know how much, nor do I pretend to know what, if any, changes we can make would reverse this change. Also, on the idea of reversing climate change, I place that squarely in the ballpark of the hubris of man. I seriously do not believe we have the wherewithal to control the climate especially any intentional control. I will admit that there has been great success in cloud seeding and I'm still waiting for the opportunity to post my comments at a public hearing on that. Anyway, these stories that say our salmon are damned due to climate change completely fly in the face of efforts to save salmon now.
Yes, transition to better forms of energy as soon as possible, but don't expect the climate to just magically snap back into some perfect place because it is constantly changing and we have had an effect, but so have volcanoes and the sun. We also have ever changing flora and the land is in constant flux either naturally or by the hand of man and this too plays a role in the climate changing as areas move from carbon banks to carbon release. The short of this message is, you don't strengthen your argument to save the wild salmon and steelhead now by breaching the dams by saying in your next breath, by the way, climate change will kill them off in a few years anyway.
I doubt anyone understood what I just said. It comes from a real place and not some fantasy that has man rushing to the aid of whatever ails and fixes it at the 11th hour right before the reaper shows up. Lose the hubris, think before you jump off the cliff of the cause and remember the only way you are going to allow wild salmon and steelhead of the Snake basin to recover themselves is by breaching those four lower Snake River dams and those dams don't get breached if your argument is breach the dams but in a few decades they'll be gone anyway.
Well, I'm sure I just made a lot of people mad, well, we can affect the change that will lead to the wild salmon and steelhead of the Snake River Basin recovering themselves, but not if we tell everyone that this other bogeyman will kill them off about as soon as we can get an agreement to breach some dams.
And another note, we really aren't any closer to breaching the dams than we were when this blog started. There has been no real change in the House of Representatives and thus that means the eastern Washington dam lover is still in charge of the committee that would approve or disapprove of any bill to breach those dams and that means any bill would fail. Solutions Table has many who support the idea, but apparently no one hired a planner or a caterer for that matter and that will continue to lag until someone with some organizing skills forces people to the table. And even then, don't expect magic to happen, if you don't get those dams breached in any agreement then your time was wasted and the salmon's time is that much shorter. Otherwise, have a great November.