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Tri-City Regional Chamber Opposes
Obama Interior Dept. Choice

by Staff
KEPR TV, June 23, 2011

TRI-CITIES-- The Tri-City Regional Chamber has taken an official stance against a proposed appointment to the Interior Department, stating the candidate's policies on local hydropower efforts would create an "economic disaster" for Washington state.

Here is the Chamber's full posting on their website:

Please call and write Senator Cantwell and Senator Murray today, asking them to oppose President Obama's appointment of Rebecca Wodder to the Interior Department's next Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks. (see our formal letter of request attached letter to Cantwell)

Rebecca Wodder, who since 1995 has served as CEO of American Rivers, a national river conservation group, was picked to replace Tom Strickland, who left the Interior for the private sector in early January. Ms. Wodder advocates Lower Snake River Dam removal without consideration to the remarkable stock improvements that have occurred without dam removal. Wodder even criticized the BiOp (Salmon and Steelhead restoration plan for the Columbia River) that the Obama administration supports, as the tribes, Democrat & Republican lawmakers.

Removal of the Lower Snake River Dams would have a devastating effect on the Tri-Cities, and would prove to be an economic disaster for Washington State. The Columbia River hydropower system provides carbon-free electricity to industries throughout the region, and provides hundreds-of-thousands of jobs whether it be manufacturing, agriculture, trade and transportation to name a few.

The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce has formally requested Senator Cantwell to oppose the Senate Confirmation of Rebecca Wodder.

Related Sites:
Idaho Water Users Association Opposition to Nomination of Wodder

Tri-City Regional Chamber Opposes Obama Interior Dept. Choice
KEPR TV, June 23, 2011

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