Items of Interest

The president of the National Conservation Association has issued a statement on the Shields water-power bill recently reported to the Senate, in which he says: "The Shields bill for the granting of water-powers on navigable streams is the bill of the water-power monopolists. There has been no clearer attempt to defeat the conservation policy since water-power first became a great national problem. It is a direct reversal of the wise and fair conservation provisions contained in the Adamson bill as it passed the House, for which the Shields bill was substituted in the Senate committee.

"President Wilson endorsed the final Adamson bill. The Shields bill is directly opposed to the water-power policy which President Wilson thus endorsed. But the Shields bill has been approved by Secretary Garrison.

"The Shields bill does not require the water-power interests to pay for the enormously valuable privileges which it proposes to give them, although the Adamson bill for which it is substituted does protect the public interest in precisely this way. The Shields bill fails to provide for the necessary publicity and uniformity of accounts, so as to make possible the proper supervision of the affairs of the company, as the Adamson bill did.

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March 6, 1915

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