11 May '11, 1am

Al Jazeera has a nice piece about Greeks' anger at austerity measures #Greece #UKuncut #USuncut #p2

Yesterday, Chile's environmental authorities approved HidroAysén's proposal to build five dams on two of Patagonia's wildest rivers , the Baker and the Pascua. The 11-to-one vote ended an almost three year review process for what has become the biggest environmental controversy in the country's history. The company and the government have lauded HidroAysén and other large conventional energy projects as the best way to meet Chile's future energy demand . However, given the low quality of HidroAysén’s environmental impact assessment, the procedural irregularities and recent charges of misconduct among actors during the review, new technical studies proving the growing viability of other energy options, and the question of the 1300 mile-long transmission line needed to carry the dams' 2750 MW to the main grid, this decision was an unfortunate step backward for Chile, particu...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/amaxwell/hidroaysens_ap...

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grist.org 11 May '11, 5pm

It must be hump day, because a slow-motion screw-the-environment catastrophe was just approved in Chile. A commission appo...