Appeals Court Slams Bush’s “Sleight of Hand” on Pacific Northwest Salmon Recovery

April 11, 2007

On Monday, April 9, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals smacked down the Bush administration’s “sleight of hand” in claiming to aid in the recovery of Pacific Northwest salmon. Among other actions slammed by the court was the administration’s statistical counting of dead fish as living. The court rebuked Bush policy under which “a listed species could gradually be destroyed, so long as each step on the path to destruction is sufficiently modest”.

The ruling leaves open the possibility that four hydroelectric dams on the lower Snake River may be breached to prevent Pacific Northwest salmon from becoming extinct.

Here are some mainstream media articles on the ruling: Court Finds Feds No Help to Fish and Appeals Court Rejects Bush Salmon Plan for Columbia Dams. Here is a copy of the court’s opinion.

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