15 Jun '17, 9am

Reconsidering the sustainability of hydropower

Before it went belly up, the automotive brand Oldsmobile ran a series of TV ads saying, "This is not your father’s Oldsmobile," trying to shake off the stodgy image that the brand had come to represent. Hydropower is a bit like that — unexciting compared to the new kids on the block, solar and wind. It's a centuries-old technology, associated with massive government projects of almost unimaginable scale. It’s also controversial due to some of its adverse impacts caused by the flooding of large tracts of land in order to make large scale hydropower possible. A number of international projects have generated significant pushback from the environmental community, and here in the U.S., a considerable number of dams have been demolished after having been determined to do more harm than good, which leads to the question, "How sustainable is hydropower, really?" That question has...

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