Last Wednesday's New York Times featured a full-page ad urging Vice Pres. Al Gore to take a stronger position on dam removal on the lower Snake River in Washington state, a step that enviros believe would improve the survival chances of several salmon species that call the river home. What happens to a decision deferred? Doesit dry up, like a salmon in the sun? The ad -- sponsored by a number of enviro groups, including American Rivers, Idaho Rivers United, and Save Our Wild Salmon -- essentially nationalizes what has up to now been a largely regional issue limited to …
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Ben White is a contributing reporter at the Washington Post and assistant to columnist David Broder. Previously, he was a writer for the Hotline and editor of the Hotline Weekly.