Eric sits down with Ilya Galitzen to discuss the issue of dam removal in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. They examine the growing conflict between local, independent farmers and ranchers and the US Government and corporate interests who seek to destroy the dams and the livelihoods of small farmers. The conversation also explores the various political forces at play in this conflict ranging from local Native American tribes to George Soros to the Department of the Interior. Additionally, Eric and Ilya examine how this issue is part of a broader trend of de-industrialization in America.
Ilya Galitzen is an activist and environmentalist in Portland, Oregon. He is a friend of the local ranching community in Siskiyou County, California with extensive first-hand knowledge of the people, the region, and the issue of dam removal. Ilya can be reached at email@example.com