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January 18, 2008

No, Really?

Chinese Dam Projects Criticized for Their Human Costs

Du Bin for The New York Times
The Three Gorges Dam is projected as an anchor in a string of hydropower “mega-bases” planned for the middle and upper reaches of the Yangtze River.

Published: November 19, 2007
JIANMIN VILLAGE, China — Last year, Chinese officials celebrated the completion of the Three Gorges Dam by releasing a list of 10 world records. As in: The Three Gorges is the world’s biggest dam, biggest power plant and biggest consumer of dirt, stone, concrete and steel. Ever. Even the project’s official tally of 1.13 million displaced people made the list as record No. 10.

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Living in Fear, Tan Zhenyou said soil erosion and tremors had caused the cracks in her home in Pinggao, China, upriver from the Three Gorges Dam.
Today, the Communist Party is hoping the dam does not become China’s biggest folly. In recent weeks, Chinese officials have admitted that the dam was spawning environmental problems like water pollution and landslides that could become severe. Equally startling, officials want to begin a new relocation program that would be bigger than the first

I'll refer you to If only to remember bad doesn't cancel out good.....

Monday November 19, 2007 - 05:30pm (PST)

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