For another perspective, check out today's op-ed in the Sacramento Bee, by Hoopa Tribal Chairman Leonard Matsen, in which he says, "This agreement has so many loopholes and delays that naturally spawning salmon in the Klamath and Trinity rivers may be dead before one brick is removed from the dams."
I will reiterate my central point: These deals are more about water than dam removal.
Craig Tucker is a long-time negotiator (for the Karuk Tribe) who capitulated to the Bush Administration on the Klamath, got stuck with a terrible deal, and now hasn't got the courage or vision to change it.
As for misinformation: I was not "canned" by the NEC. A reorganization resulted in my taking on Klamath negotiations full-time. Budget constraints created a situation in which I funded this position myself for six months (the NEC paid travel expenses). This could not be sustained, and I have necessarily returned to running the land trust I founded in 2004.
In other words, I worked for six months as a volunteer in order to create a better Klamath deal. Tucker would never do this.
What's so unfortunate is that Tucker knows all of this. At what point does "misinformation" become something worse?
As for Thirdeye: Anyone who believes that environmentalists do this work for the money may be the most misinformed of all.
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Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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