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March 16, 2013 12:00 AM

Climate emerges as hot issue in Columbia River Treaty talks with Canada

When Eisenhower signed the treaty with Canada as one of his last official acts in 1961, global warming did not rank as a public concern. Fifty-two years later, it’s a different story. The treaty created a system of dams for flood control and electricity, but changing weather might mean fewer fish and might damage the river’s ability to feed the turbines that produce hydropower for the two nations. Consequently, environmentalists want climate change to take center stage as U.S. and Canadian officials try to decide whether to extend the treaty.

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