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Karl Boyd Brooks tells the story of the dam controversy, which became a referendum not only on public-power expansion but also on the environmental implications of the New Deal's natural resources and economic policy. Private-power critics of the Hells Canyon High Dam posed difficult questions about the implications of damming rivers to create power and to grow crops. Activists, attorneys, and scientists pioneered legal tactics and political rhetoric that would help to define the environmental movement in the s.
The debate, however, was less about endangered salmon or threatened wild country and more about who would control land and water and whether state enterprise or private capital would oversee the supply of electricity. By thwarting the dam's construction, Snake Basin irrigators retained control over water as well as economic and political power in Idaho, putting the state on a postwar path that diverged markedly from that of bordering states.
In the end, the opponents of the dam were responsible for preserving high deserts and mountain rivers from radical change. With Public Power, Private Dams , Karl Brooks makes an important contribution not only to the history of the Pacific Northwest and the region's anadromous fisheries but also to the environmental history of the United States in the period after World War II.
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I'm not a huge fan of reading about past political controversies, but this one was fascinating. I found it really interesting that the feds were pushing for a huge dam and the limitations of private businesses kept the dams small and had far fewer negative environmental impacts. Spencer Smyth rated it liked it Jul 31, Kelly Horn rated it really liked it Nov 26, Michael rated it liked it Mar 03, Liz's Book Bucket List rated it it was ok May 24, Your name.
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