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They're going after the Amazon now. Here's where you can begin to get educated or follow the links to let your opinion be known to the Brazilian government.

Stop Belo Monte Dam!

Last week the Brazilian government approved the environmental license for the controversial Belo Monte Dam in the Amazon.

The dam, slated to be the world’s third largest hydroelectric project, would devastate an extensive area of the Amazon rainforest, and threaten the survival of indigenous and traditional peoples. Construction could begin this year.

The decision has caused a national and international outcry. Right now, more than 5,000 Kayapo Indians are traveling to the Big Bend of the Xingu River to set up a protest camp to prevent dam construction. They are threatening war.

Studies have shown that by investing in energy efficiency, Brazil could cut demand for electricity by 40% by 2020 and save $19 billion in the process. The amount of energy saved would be equivalent to 14 Belo Monte dams!

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liveonearth
Mar. 31st, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's not obvious what trouble a big dam can cause--aside from the collapse concern. I myself come down in favor of small hydropower facilities, thought my river runner friends think I'm a traitor. It just makes sense to me to provide local power for cities with whatever resource they have in abundance. But powering a nationwide grid with one source, and selling that power outside a nation, is a bid for additional profits by the corporations that own the government. And frankly I think it's wrong for moneyed interests to destroy the lives of millions of self-sustaining rural people and to furthermore drown vast areas of rich floodplain land. We need those farmers and gatherers and plant species on this planet.
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