The Northwest In Transition

Congressman Newhouse Either Doesn’t Get It or He Doesn’t Want To

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Congressman Newhouse Either Doesn’t Get It or He Doesn’t Want To by Congressman Mike Simpson Boise, ID – “Congressman Newhouse seems really committed to comparing the Boise Airport and the four lower Snake River dams. Not only is that comparison so flawed that it is absurd, but it is also striking because it reveals how little Congressman Newhouse understands the situation that these dams have cre...

Ask Oregon Agriculture Why We Must End the Salmon Wars

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Ask Oregon Agriculture Why We Must End the Salmon Wars By Congressman Mike Simpson Washington, D.C. – “This week, the Bureau of Reclamation released the Klamath Project 2021 Temporary Operations Plan, which was developed in response to consecutive years of drought conditions in the Klamath Basin. “Decisions were made to use the limited water to assist the endangered species and producers will be l...

Speaker Bedke, my door is always open

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Speaker Bedke, my door is always open By Congressman Mike Simpson Washington, D.C. - “Speaker Scott Bedke’s recent comments and questions about my concept to end the Northwest salmon, dam and energy wars caught my attention. As a former Speaker of the Idaho House, I have great respect for Speaker Bedke. No one agrees with each other 100% of the time, but I count Scott as a friend, and I agree that...

Senator Crabtree – I respectfully disagree

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Senator Crabtree – I respectfully disagree By Congressman Mike Simpson Washington, D.C. – “Senator Crabtree’s recent statement about my energy and salmon concept is emotional. I get that. I am proposing to do things very differently—to make a proactive, rather than reactive change. That is very hard. But Senator Crabtree might not be so upset if he understood a little bit more about my proposal. I...

Creating Certainty and Security for Grain Producers

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Creating Certainty and Security for Grain Producers by Congressman Mike Simpson Washington, D.C. – “A few weeks ago, I released a comprehensive concept to resolve the salmon, energy and dam issues that have created tension in the Northwest for decades. It is meant to provide security for all stakeholders, end lawsuits and give Idaho’s wild salmon and steelhead a chance for survival. “My concept in...

Energy Matters

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Energy Matters By Congressman Mike Simpson Washington, D.C. – “I have been a proponent of hydroelectric power since I first came to Congress. It is one of the best energy sources we have—clean, reliable, renewable baseload generation that is more valuable than ever as we seek to reduce carbon emissions in the electricity sector. For years, I have supported policies to promote, increase, and suppor...

Agriculture Matters

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Agriculture Matters By Congressman Mike Simpson Washington, D.C. – “Last week, I released for discussion a concept that could end the Northwest salmon wars. It would lock in a more certain future for agriculture, energy, transportation and communities and also give Idaho’s wild salmon and steelhead their best chance for survival. “Without question, the four Lower Snake River dams are very benefic...