OK, I get that the government doesn't want Asian carp in Lake Michigan.
But closing the canals is a stinker of a solution will lead to flooding (that could create new waterways to let the carp into the lake), increase goods and services costs for us as companies take to the roads and rails instead of the water, and add to the rail and road congestion. So if Michigan and Co. get their way, you could be stuck in traffic at a railroad crossing just to get a chance to pay more for things you have to use, like energy. (Midwest Generation gets their coal on those waterway, so your bill would likely go up.)
Now, the feds have approved a ton of money for new solutions. Among them, possibly poisoning the waterways when the locks are opened. Awesome. I understand this poison affects things with gills only, but how many times has a governmental agency had to admit that a substance had consequences they didn't realize? (Thalidomide anyone?)
Reader Joe Wojtonik has a pretty good solution:
"Put a "bounty" on them of, well let's just say, a buck per fish and let all the Illinois anglers at them. You'll soon have many a fisherman out on the channel eliminating the problem. Hell, we spent 2 million dollars on chemicals that didn't seem to be that effective, so why not eliminate them in a more effective and "green" manner? And, on top of all that, retirees and out of work fisherman could provide a very valuable service to the state and earn a little cash to boot!"
I'm with Joe. In fact, I kind of want to vote him into office. Instead of the presidential campaign's Joe the Plumber, he can be Joe the Angler. See, the federal plan costs $78.5 million. And some people say that's not enough.
- is cheaper than the federal plan. Even with the administration necessary to confirm the kills and issue checks, it's still not going to cost $78.5 million ... although where there's a bureaucracy, there's a way.
- is green. We're adding some fumes from the boats, but those guys were likely going to be fishing anyway. No more poison.
- stimulates the economy. If you make $20 fishing, you're going to spend it. And, as he says, it does give retirees and laid-off workers something to do while they wait for the those millions of saved/created jobs that seem as difficult to find as an Asian carp in the Great Lakes.
The fish farms of the South created the problem. Let the fisherman of the north solve it.
doesn't close the canals, thereby raising prices for us and created more air pollution and congestion.