Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Hydropower Industry seeking Aggressive Expansion

In an era of climate change and unstable supplies of Middle Eastern oil, hydropower companies are hoping to more than double their capacity by 2025. An interesting article in the LA times this week describes the strategies and tradeoffs of expanding hydropower. With many dated dams around the region slated for removal new dam projects remain unlikely, however energy companies are hoping to get more energy from existant projects often at the expense of fish. While developing carbon free energy is theoretically a good thing it is not if it comes at the expense of migrating fish. It is critical that as we seek to expand our production of green energy throughout the country that advocates of wild fish and rivers remain vigilant against projects that would place fish in danger. See the LA times artcile here.

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