June 7, 2006

Damn Dam?

They've opened the Three Gorges Dam.

I've been loosely following this, because it freaks me out a little. To produce the hydro this huge country needs, China has build this massive dam (600 feet high, 1.3 miles long). The part that keeps niggling away at me? They've had to relocate over one million people to do it. Now it's open, 12 cites, 40 towns and 1300 villages will no longer exist. They will all be submerged, like some murky time capsule. The peasants have been revolting, but to no avail. This is a good overview for all the pros and cons, but for all the words that have been spilled, my brain keeps coming back to those underwater ghost towns.

It also keeps hearing that old commercial: "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature".


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dunno, kid. In the 1930s, when the Tennessee Valley Authority dammed the Tennessee River in that state and Alabama, it brought a remarkable amount of prosperity to the area. Yes, people had to move, but they moved up. And anything that will reduce China's immense dependence on coal is okay in my book.

June 07, 2006 11:28 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Good point about the coal dependency. As for the prosperity, the first link shows that the people didn't even get resettlement funds, leaving me doubtful they will see any of the benefits derived from their upheaval. The magnitude of the thing just drops my jaw, that's all.

June 08, 2006 7:35 AM  
Blogger Gen1GT said...

Get over it Lorraine. Mother Nature existed long before humans did, and it will exist long after we're gone. A billion years from now, the earth will have been no worse off for all the stupid things we've done to our planet.

June 09, 2006 6:52 AM  

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