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Work Gets Underway on Amazonian Hydro Project

Sunday, January 30th 2011 - 21:16 UTC
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Building will now begin on what will be the world's third-largest hydroelectric dam after Ibama, Brazil's environment agency, gave the go-ahead for the controversial $17 billion (£10.6 billion) project. Read full article


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  • briton

    more destruction for the sake of profit,
    the rich get richer, and the poor gets poorer,

    Jan 30th, 2011 - 09:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard

    If you knew anything about Brasil you would appreciate the need for reliable energy production and reliable grid.

    I appreciate that there is a loss of forest, local diversion of a big river and people relocation.

    What you get is not just a power plant, you get a new freshwater fishing industry in the impounded river-reservoir, a chance to build replacement communities with REAL infrastructure, and local investment funds to give the local and indigenous people PROPER education and training.

    This, and similar Brasilian hydroelectric schemes, are totally necessary in the process of national development towards first world status.

    And, in passing, it is my belief that the remaining oil reserves of the world are much too valuable to simply burn - these geological hydrocarbons are the essential chemical feed-stock for so many commodities, textiles and secondary products that 'define' living in a modern world. No hydroelectric energy means Brasilian pre-salt is used for burning - what a waste!

    Jan 31st, 2011 - 02:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    I understand what you mean Its called progress,
    but try telling that to the thousands who will lose out,
    sadly they wont see it that way ,

    Jan 31st, 2011 - 03:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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