Daniel Pope is professor of history at the University of Oregon. He has published books and articles on American advertising, American radical movements, and, most recently, a failed effort to build five large nuclear power plants in the Pacific Northwest, Nuclear Implosions: The Rise and Fall of the Washington Public Power Supply System (Cambridge University Press, 2008).
Anti-nuclear activism in Oregon paralleled the national movement against nuclear power in the late-1960s. Several factors, however, made the opposition to nuclear power in Oregon distinctive. One was the state's tradition of direct democracy, the use of initiatives to enact legislation by popular vote. In 1968, voters in Eugene overwhelmingly approved a bond issue …
Bonneville Power Administration
In 1937, the impending completion of Bonneville Dam (1938) and progress on Grand Coulee Dam (completed 1941) required an agency to make use of the Columbia River’s hydropower. The Bonneville Power Administration, formed as an interim measure in anticipation of a regional administrative body like the Tennessee Valley Authority, has …