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We Drove Our Message Home to Warren Buffett!
Worldwide media attention makes Klamath dams a hot issue

On the Capitol StepsWarren Buffet Photo from Slate.com

 

 

 

 

 

Friends of the River and the Klamath Basin tribes want Warren Buffett to know that his subsidiary, PacifiCorp, is making a bad business decision by not removing the Klamath River dams.

MONDAY, MAY 7, 2007 -- Just a quick update, folks, to let you know that our presence at the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting generated international media attention, almost 200 articles in print, TV, radio, and online. We raised the issue inside the shareholders meeting and raised awareness around the world. The crew are on I-80 now, heading back to California, and we'll give you a complete update as we touch base with them.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2007 -- Friends of the River has launched the boat drive to Omaha with a message for Warren Buffett: "Tear down the Klamath River dams."

FOR organizer Soren Jespersen and members of the Yurok, Karuk, and Hoopa Valley Tribes attracted plenty of second glances -- and media coverage -- when they gathered outside the headquarters of PacifiCorp in Salt Lake City, third stop on our drive to Omaha. With two traditional, 20-foot dugout canoes catching attention, Soren and the tribes told Salt Lake City residents what their utility is doing to our river. The local newspaper and radio station were on hand to chronicle the event.

Already our rallies on Fisherman's Wharf and on the State Capitol steps have generated coverage in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee, the Modesto Bee,  the Eureka Times-Standard, ABC7 and ABC30. Even the Omaha World Herald has told its readers in Omaha that we are on our way!

We'll be in Omaha for the annual meeting of Mr. Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. on May 5. We want him to know that one of his subsidiaries, PacifiCorp, faces a rational, economic decision: The utility can continue to kill salmon and threaten an important American industry or remove its dams from the Klamath River. Tearing down the dams will save money, restore the river, revive significant salmon runs, and support the fishing industry, towns, and tribes who all depend on the Klamath salmon. Not only is removing dams the right thing to do for salmon, but it will be profitable for PacifiCorp’s bottom line as well. It will be much cheaper than building the fish ladders that the federal government has told the utility to build on its dams.

Merv George Jr Teisha PoppyMembers of the tribes will tell shareholders that their subsidiary's dams are detroying their traditional food supply -- salmon -- and destroying their way of life.

Merv George Jr. (shown here with his daughter Teisha and wife Wendy) is a prominent member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe and sees firsthand how the dams have decimated tribal fishing and culture. He has a simple message for Mr. Buffett: "Even if you are the richest man in the world, if you are killing my fish then I will tell you about it!

"Hopefully you will listen and make it right."

We reckon Warren will understand the damage the dams are doing and the benefits of tearing them down.

 

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