Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) insisting the U.S. Department of Energy address the financial burden breaching the lower Snake River dams would have on Idahoans who benefit from the power generated. The demand comes after months of the Biden Administration attempting to usurp congressional authority and move toward dam breaching.
“It is disconcerting to note the proposed agreement is already being celebrated as a ‘roadmap’ for lower Snake River dam breaching […] despite the fact the administration has acknowledged only Congress has the authority to remove federal dams . . . While the analyses of cost implications of breaching the LSRDs have so far been incomprehensive, even conservative estimates have recognized the costs would be staggering,” wrote the Senators. “. . .The economic burden on northwest public power utilities and ratepayers is unjustifiable. This says nothing for growing demand for more electricity at all times and the need for reliability.”
Additional signatories to the letter include U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), Steve Daines (R-Montana), and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming) in sending the letter.
Background: The four hydroelectric dams on the lower Snake River provide multiple benefits to Idaho and the region, including:
Read the full letter here.