11 May '11, 5pm

Chile to drown Patagonia behind a massive dam, despite disapproval of its citizens

It must be hump day, because a slow-motion screw-the-environment catastrophe was just approved in Chile. A commission appointed entirely by President Sebastian Pinera gave the green light to a 2.75 gigawatt dam project that will "drown 14,000 acres, require carving clear-cuts through forests, and eliminate whitewater rapids and waterfalls that attract ecotourism," reports the Washington Post . The area to be sacrificed is a mostly roadless expanse home to only three dozen families, but it is also " ... the most beautiful place, I believe, on the planet,” says Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who kayaks there every year and called on Pinera to reconsider the project. It's a classic case of development versus preservation of wildlands. Chile has a booming economy, an energy hungry mining industry and aspirations of a Brazil-style ascendancy to the upper echelons of the world's economy...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-05-11-chile-to-drown-patag...

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