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Eco Loon Attacks Hydro Power

October 16, 2016

By Paul Homewood 




Perhaps the loons at EcoWatch need to make up their minds what they want!


Hydropower, falsely sold to the public as a source of "green" or "clean" energy, is expanding at an alarming rate in many of South America’s beautiful and ecologically pristine rivers.

In line with a global trend, many South American governments—backed by multi-national hydropower corporations, international financiers and profit-motivated corruption—continue to endorse hydropower developments as "renewable" sources of energy despite public opposition and dramatic negative environmental impacts.

Hydropower destroys rivers, often forces the relocation of local communities, increases the spread of vector-borne diseases, and disrupts local cultures and ecologies that have evolved together for thousands of years. Perhaps even worse, methane emissions from hydropower reservoirs are making climate change worse.


Quite what right Mr Wockner thinks he has to tell South American countries to do, I don’t know.

I’ve no doubt though that he would be much happier if they returned to their primitive, indigenous lifestyles of the past.

  1. Joe Public permalink
    October 16, 2016 11:47 am

    The irony is, they depend upon fossil fuels & hydro to distribute their message.

    Bl@@dy hypocrites.

  2. Stonyground permalink
    October 16, 2016 12:00 pm

    I can understand some of the resistance to the massive disruption that the initial building of a hydro project will cause. But surely, ecologically, the end result is neither better or worse than what existed before, just different. Why is the word renewable in scare quotes? Maybe, in the minds of the greens, your power source only qualifies as renewable if it doesn’t actually work properly. Where is the point in going green if we aren’t going to flagellate ourselves with intermittent power for our crimes against Gaia?

  3. Tim Hammond permalink
    October 16, 2016 1:05 pm

    How does “profit-motivated corruption” differ from normal corruption?

    • tom0mason permalink
      October 16, 2016 2:13 pm

      In this case yes, as it is “backed by multi-national hydropower corporations, international financiers” ,who as we all know have done mankind no good, and have corrupted the beautiful truth of the communist ideal.


  4. RAH permalink
    October 16, 2016 1:26 pm

    Many of the communities along the Amazon and it’s watershed are migratory in nature. They depend on the river so stay close to it’s shores and move to do so as the flow fluctuates each year.

    • tom0mason permalink
      October 16, 2016 2:20 pm

      Hopefully they have at least the usual quota of human intelligence and adaptability, enabling them to yet survive well for a good many generations.

      • RAH permalink
        October 16, 2016 3:01 pm

        One would think that a properly thought out and operated system of dams would enhance the ability of some of the people down stream to stay put in permanent settlements rather than change their location every time the rainy season comes and ends.

      • tom0mason permalink
        October 16, 2016 4:28 pm

        With you on that RAH.
        Hopefully the dams improve the fishing and waterside food availability.
        If not there will be an army of protesting NGOs to contend with, and I can’t imagine that will help the indigenous people or the rest of the population.

  5. 1saveenergy permalink
    October 16, 2016 2:04 pm

    “Gary Wockner, [there maybe an alternative spelling (:-)) ] PhD, is an international river advocate and author of the forthcoming book, River Warrior: Fighting to Protect the World’s Rivers.”

    From his website –
    “sections of class III/IV whitewater opportunities are jeopardized,”
    “which provides world renowned whitewater paddling”

    This hypocritical ba$tard is more concerned about thrill rides in plastic boats than the environment.

  6. October 16, 2016 2:52 pm

    Best stick to concreting the hillsides and fields and planting them with bird-mincing steel towers then :/

  7. October 16, 2016 4:10 pm

    Are you sure you are spelling “Wockner’s” name correctly?

  8. Mr GrimNasty permalink
    October 16, 2016 5:15 pm

    Well to an extent I agree, hydro schemes can be enormously damaging to river ecology. China is a prime example.

    • October 16, 2016 5:55 pm

      In the short term, yes. But a new status quo should emerge in due course.

  9. Ross King permalink
    October 16, 2016 8:45 pm

    Whoa here!
    There are two sides to this argument..
    Firstly, externalities. One need look no further than Three Gorges Dam to get the argument.
    Secondly, the rights of those peoples affected. In the democratic system, it’s implicit that they should ‘buy-in’ to the ultimate solution, having been exhaustively primed with the pluses & minuses. (And in this day and age, who is going to be ‘honest-broker’?) Ha! Vested interests will prevail, as they have done in the Amazon Rain Forest. The indigenous people likely have no idea what “democracy” means, and likely no-one is educating them on same (let alone educating them on anything).
    Thirdly, those with more than a few brain-synapses to connect, what does society at large stand to lose if the aboriginal way-of-life is destroyed? (This is the externalities argument again.) They have an intimate knowledge-base of vast tracts of Amazonia & its resources that stand to be lost forever in the helter–skelter rush to “Improve Their [Our???] Lot” … as judged by the likes of dam- and hydro-boosters crowding this debate and ridiculing someone who is saying: “Yes, but …”
    I’m on the fence on this one, but dead against helter-skelter, we-know-better-than-the-uneducated solutions rammed down our throats in the name of Progress. Middle-road exploitation of natural resources for the benefit of all stakeholders, but not the high-jacking thereof for the benefit of the few.

    • Ron Arnett permalink
      October 18, 2016 4:43 pm

      Hmmm. Let’s see. A few million people have their lives improved significantly. The cost is a few thousand people who would regard living in caves as a giant step forward in progress, would have to give up their stone age culture and lifestyle, as it presently operates.

      I know. We doing them a favor by doing everything we can to keep them where they are and how they are. We are just so wonderful it is hard to express in words but some of us do try to show it by doing whitewater rafting to show our solidarity with the oppressed peoples of the world. Of course, we always show our respect for Mother Earth by not living in whitewater areas ourselves but respectfully limit ourselves to jetting in whenever we can get away technology driven jobs.

    • 1saveenergy permalink
      October 18, 2016 9:45 pm

      “The indigenous people likely have no idea what “democracy” means,”

      Whoa here! Ross King;….don’t go picking on the little people.

      The majority of people living in ‘western democracy’ have no idea what “democracy” means & few of us have ever experienced living in one.

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