Originally Posted by caseybailey
7,000,000,000 (7 billion) people on the planet.
And that number is always increasing every day.
Not enough resources to go around.
Here is the problem: I get your passion, and desire, to help. Its a moving story. Steve Fisher has long been a hero of mine, and it sucks to see him, and everyone else affected about to get fucked. But bottom line, these dams are approved, constructed, and operated by the governments and power companies, and they really are going to do what they want. If they are ready to go ahead and move heaven and earth, and displace your 8,000 people, then a petition (ie, a piece of paper) with a handful of names of dirtbag boaters [no offense buzzards.....but go take a shower sometime] scrawled on it isn't even going to make them bat an eye. Hell, even if the President of the United States himself put his name on it, in the end, it is still the sovereign lands of a another country
. They can, and will, do whatever the hell they want, if they decide it is in "their" ( ie, gov'ts n power co's) best interest to do so. I know that some random successes have been had to reduce project sizes, but those have been random and small victories, and thinking its always going to work like that is quaint. They complained in S America, first in Chile, and now in Brazil, dont build it, save it! And they built it. They said it in Asia, in China, in India, and right now is Laos, dont build it, save it! And they built it. And right now in Africa they are saying dont build it, save it! Well.....you get whats coming next.
I admire your enthusiasm, but like doughboy said, sometimes you have to focus your energy on things and issues that have real potential for change here in our area. Well, your area right now, because I'm in Asia, not the valley at this moment. But you know what I mean. Put that energy into the access conflict on The Gate section of the Lake Fork, and their fences over the river. Volunteer to help with AW or CW or any of the local paddling clubs around the state. There are always issues popping up everywhere.
Its human to feel sympathy for those affected by these shitty projects, but its also human to know your limit and understand where to be putting that energy.
To be clear, I am against dams. I think they don't provide enough benefits to outweigh their impacts, but I also understand that hydropower is a fairly cheap and appealing to governments, especially in poor, developing countries. Its an awkward situation. Like I said, sometimes we just have to deal with realities, with whatever shape they may be in.