What is happening at Klamath Falls, Oregon?

Methods and Media

It’s very complex and not about water for fish – that’s the media’s green spin.

To put it in a nutshell, it’s about removing people – in this case – small family farmers from rural America.

Before Klamath, there were other very small rural communities targeted by the green forces within and without the federal government.

The methods used are insidious because there is little awareness by those targeted that they are indeed targets. Further, once these rural communities become aware they are under attack, they are faced not only with the full force and weight of various federal and state government agencies, but also lack the financial resources to effectively combat them.

The usual tactic is to go after the wealthiest or most influential or most powerful entity of the kind being targeted in that area at that time. Once this entity is ‘defeated’, the smaller ones fall easily under the green heal.

It is useful to observe that part of this tactic seems to require turning similar entities against each other, or against other local entities which have been in historic competition for the same resources. Common responses are "those guys are getting what they deserve" or "that won’t effect us" or "we’re grandfathered in" or "if we just hold out for awhile, they will go away" or "we’ll make a fortune, once that guy is gone," and so forth. They withhold support or ignore the whole thing. Precisely what the greens and their allies what – communities divided.

Once divided, communities cannot withstand the green media and money machine, and the little guys who thought they would be fine, are swallowed up.

Before fish, there were other animals used to drive farmers off their land, but these were simply tactics with a limited scope, mainly used to test legal theory and regulations, as well as gear up and perfect the major media campaign.

This media campaign is the reason the farmers and other rural folk are portrayed in an unfavorable light. You are meant to think that rural folks are stupid, uneducated, selfish and self-centered, caring only for the profits they could make, if only this or that law or regulation did not exist.

This campaign does it’s very best to encourage rural folks to become to the stereotype it creates – one of the best ways is to find and interview that individual closest to the stereotype and then, with selective edits, display the individual to the nation. The sound bite oriented urban folks see that portrayal and instantly identify with and feel the green point – farmers must go so that some animal can live.

The major media exists solely to mold your opinion into what they would like you to feel and think is true, if only it was true. They in turn receive financial support from their owners, usually a very large corporation, owned by a single person or family, who firmly believes they know more than we do about all things. These are ‘the media elite,’ joined at the hip to other ‘elite’ individuals and families.

So far there is only one major print media outlet which will print the truth of these situations: the Wall Street Journal. But while very influential in financial circles, very few ordinary people read it, so it’s influence on the American public is limited.

As for the TV media, only Fox News (cable) reports some of this under it’s ‘fair and balanced’ policy. However, this coverage is limited to sporadic special reports, and not given the emphasis deserved for a ‘program’ designed to fundamentally change America forever.

The Players and Their Allies

In the major media, the only players referred to are the farmers, fishermen, and the courts. That’s the media’s point of view, and all they are going to tell the public. But the real list is much longer, and very different. How does the PIF know? Well, for one PIF spent a few days in Klamath Falls seeking answers to this very question.

Let’s just jump right in and name a few entities, either not mentioned or given a bare sound bite from some spokes person by the media, in no particular order:

‘Greens’

Environmental Grantmakers Association:
This group of elite transnational corporations and old industrial money foundations functions to focus money from The Big Money Players and disseminate those funds in the form of grants to the many ‘green’ agents and groups around the nation.

The Pew Charitable Trust:
Pew is a prominent megabucks player in the Environmental Grantmakers Association.on

Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund:
Fiscal year 1999 income $16,078,807, assets $22,036,918. Receives funding the from Environmental Grantmakers Association to pour into various and many ‘green’ legal battles and challenges. Basically, these actions are aimed at incrementally or outright stopping family farming, family logging, family mining, and family commercial fishing nationwide, facilitating the Left’s crusade to end private property ownership and private ownership of water rights. The end result the left wishes to achieve is the return of 50-95% of the U.S. land mass to pre-15th Century conditions a la the Wildlands Project. For those a bit weak in history – that was before electricity, movies, T.V., shopping malls, automobiles, airplanes, computers, the internet, newspapers, and of course, grocery stores.

The Nature Conservancy & American Lands Trust:
The Nature Conservancy and American Lands Trust: These two function as the real estate arm of the ‘green movement’. They are unregulated, highly profitable, non-profit (non-tax paying) agencies. They routinely buy up land that has been devalued by restrictive government regulation or successful court battles and challenges, and then:

a) flip to the Federal Government for some form of wilderness or sanctuary,
b) continue to use as the original owners did,
c) develop and sell as expensive housing, – Like the San Rafael Ranch in southeastern Arizona.
d) or a combination of the above.

The Nature Conservancy owns an estimated 5,000 – 6,000 acres just above the Upper Klamath Lake which are not affected by the ‘water shortage’. This land is farmed and irrigated just like the affected lands in the Klamath and Tulelake Irrigation Districts used to be before the greens’ court action resulted in a 100% irrigation shut-off. They also have artificially enhanced the storage capacity of their own water storage pond. An industry associate which donated funds for the Conservancy’s acquisition is locally involved in harvesting algae, which is sold to ‘green’ consumers.

The Nature Conservancy, a global organization, was ranked the 9th largest non-profit in the U.S. by ‘NonProfit Times,’ has total assets valued at $2,805,512,000. It recieved $357M in dues and contributions, some $60M from government, $161M in investment income, $90M in land gifts, and more for a total income in 2000 of $786,000,000. In 2000, they bought $275M worth of land.

An examples of their ‘work:’
"The Nature Conservancy formed a creative partnership with a ranching family to protect a historic Montana ranch… The Conservancy bought half of the 60,000-acre Matador Ranch, which it leases to the ranchers for livestock grazing. The ranchers own the other half of the deeded acres, protected through a conservation easement." A conservation easement means they can sell the other half only to the Nature Conservancy.

"North of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, The Nature Conservancy purchased the 18,680-acre Bunnell tract… Some 10,500 acres will become a preserve and another portion will be sold, with a conservation easement protecting it, to a private timber investor committed to ecologically compatible forest management." Thus timber harvesting is ok as long s they get a piece of the action and get a ‘conservation easement’ to boot.

American Lands Trust has a standing offer to the farmers of $4000 an acre, should they wish to exercise it, However, as a result of the ‘drought’, land prices have fallen to just $29 per acre (i.e. without water, it’s worthless).

Opportunists

Scottish Power:
It is based in Glasgow, Scotland. They are buying local U.S. owned power companies, mainly in the Pacific North West. In 1999 Scottish Power bought Pacific Power, the local Klamath Falls power generating utility. Pacific Power was then folded into the entity Scottish Power operates through in the NW:

PacifiCorp:

Working with The Nature Conservancy and the Programme for Belize, PacifiCorp and several other utilities have purchased 15,000 acres of endangered rain forest in the central American country of Belize… PacifiCorp operates in some of the most beautiful and scenic areas of the United States and works hard to preserve this habitat… we are involved in extensive studies of fish habitat and water quality… Research farms at the company’s Hunter and Huntington plants in central Utah are environmental laboratories…

The North Umpqua River near Roseburg is under microscopic review by some of the country’s top scientists. PacifiCorp initiated this first-of-a-kind study to gain a more comprehensive view of the watershed and to develop the best management plan for the natural resources. The company, which is seeking to relicense its 185-megawatt North Umpqua hydroelectric project, is conducting the study in cooperation with government agencies, environmental groups and the public.

To lead this study, PacifiCorp recruited a team of nationally known biologists, geologists and ecologists. The scientists are examining the cumulative effects of land management practices, logging, hydroelectric operations and natural ecosystem processes. The study will produce the most extensive information ever compiled about 950 square miles of land and streams along the North Umpqua. Scientists will examine water quality and fish habitat but also will look at what happens out of the water, including erosion and wildlife impacts.

The scientists are working with the U.S. Forest Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and other agencies, as well as members of the public and environmental groups. Once sensitive areas of the watershed are identified, representatives from natural resource agencies, environmental groups and PacifiCorp will develop a management plan…

The Klamath River flows through Klamath County in Oregon, and Siskiyou, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties in California. It drains approximately 13,000 square miles within the two states before entering the Pacific Ocean near Klamath, California. Along that stretch of river, PacifiCorp owns six hydroelectric projects and operates another dam under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation…

PacifiCorp also owns a seventh hydroelectric unit on Fall Creek which flows into the Klamath River in California. The project starts with the Link River Dam… on Upper Klamath Lake in Oregon. Upper Klamath Lake is the largest body of fresh water in the state. Near the end of the short Link River lie PacifiCorp’s Eastside and Westside generating plants… down the river about 28 miles and you will come to PacifiCorp’s John C. Boyle dam… Klamath River water flows from the dam through a canal to the JC Boyle plant… Below JC Boyle, Copco No. 1 dam is located approximately 11 miles downstream from the Oregon-California state line… The Copco No. 1 powerhouse provides about 20 megawatts of electricity. Copco No. 2 dam is just downstream from No. 1 and its powerhouse can generate approximately 27 megawatts of power… Next, comes the Iron Gate dam and power plant, about 8.5 miles below Copco No. 1…

Other companies of the PacifiCorp group include:
Utah Power ("…joined the PacifiCorp family in 1989…")

Pacific Power Marketing ("PPM is the non-regulated marketing subsidiary of the Scottish Power group of companies and the non-regulated affiliate of PacifiCorp and is involved in generation development, long-term structured power sales and purchases, energy trading, power scheduling and dispatch, and fuels procurement…"). Check out the map of their service area on the PacifiCorp site.

Klamath Cogeneration ("…a 500-megawatt gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant… Over half of the plant’s output is reserved specifically for governmental entities to take advantage of the Project’s tax-exempt financing.")

PacifiCorp Transmission Systems…"owns and operates one of the largest privately held transmission systems in the United States. With an original cost of more than two billion dollars…")

Pacific Power is apparently in charge of setting & monitoring the levels of the Upper Klamath Lake without oversight. They have set a lake level some unknown feet above the original lake normal level. Any water released can be used to generate power downstream, and that power sold to the highest bidder, like the State of California – which ironically now has too much power and must sell overcapacity at a loss. The more water in the lake, the more Scottish Power stands to make. It’s money ‘in the bank’, so to speak, the can store it indefinitely and sell when they see a profit to be made.

It so happens the farmers discovered the lake level was one foot higher than federal authorities required for the ‘endangered suckerfish’, just days prior to the sudden announcement by U.S. Dept. of the Interior Secretary Norton, that the farmers would get a token water release. 75,000 acre feet of water – wow! Just a tad less than the normal 480,000 acre feet they usually get and need.

We can see that in effect, with the acquisition of the Upper Klamath Lake water, and the Falls Creek feeder, that Pacific Power now not only controls all the water on the Klamath River, but it’s flow rate as well. So it doesn’t take much of an imagination to see that Pacific Power working with the Nature Conservancy and other unregulated ‘green’ real estate corporations – yes, a 501c3 non-profit is a corporation – could easily buy up the farmers lands, turning some of it into ‘research farms’, and generally looking good to the public concerned about ‘pollution’ from power generating utilities.

However, in the larger view, Pacific Power is owned by Scottish Power. Who owns Scottish power, since they are a mere European utility? Britain is moving rapidly toward full blown socialism, and has all but officially joined the European Union, which is run by faceless, unelected bureaucrats in Brussels, with who knows what agendas, foibles, traits, and other odd and potentially dangerous quirks.

So who indeed really controls the destines of Klamath farmers? The U.S. Federal Government, who rushed to Pacific Power’s aid and placed Marshals and Fish & Wildlife Park Police on the headgates, the Department of the Interior who gave the farmers some 8% of their total yearly water needs? Or the owners of Scottish Power, somewhere in Europe, doing all this for what reason? Since the U.S. Federal Government won’t or can’t stand up to them, they must be very, very powerful people – do I hear anyone say ‘elite’? Or is the U.S. Federal Government – it’s agencies, administrators, Cabinet heads, senators and representatives – in agreement – overtly or covertly – with the agendas of the unknown owners of Scottish Power? Does this affair have more to do with maintaining Europe as a U.S. ally, while keeping a potential competitor (the EU) at bay by apeasement?

– You tell me.

But don’t tell me that this is about saving some fish – the suckerfish, else where, is considered a predator and routinely eradicated. And the coho salmon is just fine, with record or historic average returns up and down the coast.

A Klamath Falls bank:
Offers farmers easy loans, with their land for collateral of course, but forecloses at the drop of a hat. Then develops or resells at a profit. Maybe to the Nature Conservancy or American Lands Trust?.

Various local, State & Federal politicians:
These players’ allies either believe their own rhetoric, their own polls, the Third Wave ‘philosophy’ (see the series by Steve Farrel linked on PIF home page for explanation of the Third Wave and it’s proponents) or, are just plain stupid.

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