Faced with overwhelming levels of bureaucracies, it’s easy to feel like you can’t make a difference. But sometimes all it takes is one person willing to stand up for the truth.
Take a listen: Podcast – I Spy Minute Thurs May 3 2012
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For anyone who’s ever tried to take a stand on an issue, this one’s for you. Faced with staggering levels of bureaucracies, it’s easy to feel like you can’t make a difference.
Such was the case with the effort to stop the removal of four dams on the Klamath River.
Groups formed, people donated a little money and a lot of time. Attended meeting after meeting and were even shut out of others.
But the bureaucracies just got bigger and teamed up with well-funded environmental groups, many of which were funded by tax dollars from the very people trying to stop this.
The bureaucracies pushed ahead despite overwhelming public opposition. They signed agreements and thumbed their nose at the grassroots.
And then a funny thing happened: one person stepped forward. Dr. Paul Houser, the agency’s top scientist was fired when he refused to be quiet and turned whistleblower.
The newly formed Oregon-California Bi-State Alliance is flying him out to publicly thank him. If you happen to be in the area, or know people who are, he’s speaking in Klamath Falls on May 6th and Yreka on May 7th.
For the I Spy Minute, I’m Mark Anderson.