Democrats from Jay Inslee on down to his extreme enviro campaign donors love to rant about how much we need to generate more “green energy” – except when we are already producing it.
Such is the case with hydroelectric power – which provides the vast majority of power in our state and is the reason we have among the lowest energy costs in the country. Of course, that reality escapes many in Seattle, such as their newest elected member of Congress.
The simple truth is that Democrats – and their campaign donors in the wind and solar industry – have long wanted to undermine our state’s hydro system, and are once again pushing dismantling of the power-producing dams on the Snake River. That forces leaders in our agriculture community – like the wheat growers to point out a few facts:
- “The (Snake) river system is the top wheat export gateway in the United States and the third-largest grain export gateway in the world.”
- “Roughly $3 billion of commercial cargo moves on the system, giving growers in the Midwest access to international markets.”
- “To move the same amount of wheat by road or rail would require 137,00 semi-trucks or 23,900 railcars, increasing fuel consumption, emissions and wear-and-tear on roads and railways.”
Simply put, “with the federal government seeking public comment on the Columbia-Snake river system, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers reaffirmed their opposition to breaching dams on the Snake River. ‘It would be devastating to the industry,’ said executive director Michelle Hennings.”
Even more telling, Hennings added “It is very important ag tells their story to the ones who don’t necessarily understand the situation.” The “ones who don’t necessarily understand” unfortunately include state “leaders” like Jay Inslee.