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Police with clubs is not the answer to Chile’s HidroAysén debate

Friday, May 13th 2011 - 14:53 UTC
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Following Monday’s questionable approval of Chile’s major HidroAysén dam project - a jerry-rigged vote if there ever was one - the administration of President Sebastian Piñera turned police loose on thousands of demonstrators protesting the Patagonia dam project later that evening. Read full article


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  • GeoffWard

    I may be wrong but, from the tenor of this report, Mercopress is probably against this hydroelectric scheme.

    How it squares this position with these words in its own Mercopress report just beats me! . . . . .
    “Thinking Chile’s sun-drenched deserts, windy coastline, *and run-of-the-river energy potential*, most Chileans are scratching their heads, wondering what planet their political leadership lives on.”

    Ahem . . .''run-of-the-river energy potential' actually means hydroelectricic schemes.

    May 14th, 2011 - 01:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think


    Seems to be that Mr. Piñera's Pinochetist sympathies and methods are beginning to worry even his closest allies.

    Looks good for a new “concertación” government in a couple of years……….

    May 14th, 2011 - 04:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Sergio Vega

    2@ Fortunately, it won´t be a posibility....
    As always, “false ambientalists” uses terror to make people believe their lays...If we put things in the real context we can see that the area affected by the 5 dams will be less than a minor Patagonian farm or “estancia” as we use to call them, or less than a 0,05 % of the Aysen Region´s inland waters.....In the other hand, we had a big transmission line from Chiloe to Santiasco already, so one more won´t be a problem, more if this new line will be lower than the old one and won´t mean to cut the whole tress, just the top of them to ensure no contact between the wires and trees... Any kind of energy production, alternative ones included, will need transmission lines, so it will be a not avoided need.
    The development of the country ( at a minimun 6% y-o-y) makes unevitable the new energy plants construction (double on a decade) and we cannot wait if in ten years from now scientists find reliable and cheaper alternative energy supplies....First the developed countries must change their energy net to alternatives sources so we can be competitive with them, so by now the only posibility for us are hydraulic and thermal plants with an upgrading ammount of eolic, geothermal & solar supply up to 20% of the total expected needs by 2020, including a efficience improvement of at least 10 %.
    the NGO´s that are in the fight against this project have been backed up with money from unknown foreing dark sources with no clear intentions.
    BTW, people from Aysen Region, were the project is located haven´t been involved into the protest, what a joke, hmmm!!!
    The most of the protesters have never gone South to the Chilean Patagonia and, of course, been interested to live there or help to those that live there to improve their way of life with better laws that invites new investiments....
    Water that won´t be drunk, please let it run...!!! Don´t be selfish again....

    May 18th, 2011 - 10:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard

    Good posting, Sergio.

    May 19th, 2011 - 12:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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