November 11, 2010
Controversial Belo Monte Dam Approved for Amazon (original title)
Posted in Conservation, Democracy for All!, Earth Issues, Environment, Justice, Petitions, Social/Economic Issues, Speak out! tagged Conservation, Democracy, Earth Issues, Environment, Justice, Petitions, Social/Economic Issues, Speak out! at 10:12 am by CrystalineGoddess
Found on The Rio Times’ website;
By Mira Olson, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO – The IBAMA (Brazilian Environmental Agency) issued a provisional license on February 1st to move forward with plans to build the controversial Belo Monte mega-dam in the Xingú river, a tributary of the Amazon in the state of Pará.
The Belo Monte dam is expected to start production in 2015. It will be the second largest hydroelectric dam in Brazil and the third largest in the world in terms of generating capacity, producing up to 11,000KW of electricity and providing electricity for 23 million homes. Dam proponents argue that Belo Monte is necessary, as hydroelectric production is Brazil’s best solution for the current energy crisis.
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