Governor’s fundraising e-mail signals strong role for politics in new Snake River study » Publications » Washington Policy Center

 Governor’s fundraising e-mail signals strong role for politics in new Snake River study » Publications » Washington Policy Center

We still don’t have details about the proposed study on the four Lower Snake River dams announced by Governor Inslee and Senator Murray in October. What will it cover? Who will oversee the study? How will it get paid for? What will this one discover that numerous other studies by the federal agencies and state of Washington have not?

The lack of details hasn’t prevented the governor from using the promise of a study to raise money for his campaign.

On November 4, the govenror’s campaign sent an an e-mail to donors with the apocalyptic subject line of, “A Pacific Northwest without salmon.” The letter said:

The letter claims the governor – writing in the first person – has “an open mind,” but says he is committed to “decisive action.” Having promised action on the dams, it seems unlikely that he will allow the study to conclude that destroying the dams is a bad…

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