Buehler Calls Out Kate Brown Radical Position on Snake River Dam Removal

BEND – Dr. Knute Buehler released a statement on the letter Governor Kate Brown (OR) sent to Governor Jay Inslee (WA), offering her support for the removal of the Snake River Dams. 

“The Snake River dams were built to provide several benefits to the region, including a clean, carbon-free renewable source of electricity, barge transportation, and irrigation for crops in the Columbia River Basin. Removing carbon-free hydro on the Snake River is the first step toward tearing out hydro on the Columbia River. This new Kate Brown position is radical and threatens critical Northwest energy and agriculture jobs.”

According to the Bonneville Power Administration, removing the dam would add 2.6 metric tons of carbon to the environment every year or the equivalent of 421,000 cars added to the region’s roads.  

“Most energy experts are now predicting the possibility of an energy shortage or even region wide blackouts. Partnered with Kate Brown’s cap and trade scheme taking out the lower Snake River dams is irresponsible, especially when we do not have the necessary resources to keep the lights on in the region.”

In addition to the energy and environmental impacts, the monetary costs to breach the dams could reach upwards of $2.6 billion, and the cost to maintain system reliability with natural gas could reach $372 million per year.

Born and raised in Roseburg, Knute grew up working in the woods and driving a Pepsi delivery truck. Knute and his two brothers were the first in their family to attend college. Knute earned his undergraduate degree from Oregon State, played baseball, and was a Rhodes Scholar. After attending Oxford University, Knute earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He and his wife Patty, a successful eye surgeon, have been married for 29 years and have two grown children. 

Knute was elected to the Oregon House in 2014 and re-elected in 2016. Knute ran for Governor in 2018 and in both the primary and the general election he won the second congressional district.

For more information visit www.knutebuehler.com