Voter participation in the general election for the United States in 2020 skyrocketed to levels not seen in decades, fueled by the acrimonious campaign between Joe Biden and Donald Trump and facilitated by changes to state election rules related to the pandemic. According to a tabulation of official state returns by the Pew Research Center, more than 158.4 million people participated in the election. This number represents 62.8% of people who were of voting age, based on estimates provided by the Census Bureau for the voting-age population in the year 2020.
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On Thursday, US regulators will vote on a plan to remove four ageing hydro-electric structures, which will reopen hundreds of miles of river habitat in California to salmon that are in danger of extinction. This plan would make the largest dam removal and river restoration plan in the world one step closer to becoming a reality.
The vote by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the lower Klamath River dams is the last major regulatory hurdle and the biggest milestone facing a USD 500 million demolition proposal that has been championed by Native American tribes and environmentalists for years. This proposal has been opposed by the Klamath Riverkeeper, which is a group of Native American tribes.
If the application to surrender the operating licence of the dams is approved, the parties supervising the project will accept the licence transfer, and dam removal could begin as early as this summer. This is the most ambitious plan ever conceived for the restoration of salmon populations, and it is dependent on the approval of this application.