UTILITIES: Whirlpool on the Columbia

In the booming Pacific Northwest, where electric power is all-important, power will soon be in desperately short supply. Since 1934, a total of $1.8 billion, most of it federal money, has been spent on dams to harness the Columbia River and produce 3,000,000 kw. of power for industrial expansion. In the next 20 years the Northwest will need up to 9,000,000 kw. more, costing from $3.5 to $7 billion. But because of wrangling and bitter competition between public and private powermen, only three big dams are currently under construction, and no new...

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