Soapweed wrote:Silver wrote:Soapweed wrote:
One of my friends from Oregon says the government, in its infinite wisdom, is taking out dams which provide hydro-electric power. There is nothing more efficient than water-powered electricity, and to do this is nothing short of treason.
Hydro electric dams are no friend of the environment. They are putting in another big one a few miles from home, and 8 billion dollar debacle that will flood historic farmland and pollute the water with mercury for generations to come. Alternative energy projects can produce power for as little as 1/2 price per megawatt hour. There are a great many reasons that hydro is a dinosaur and should become extinct like one.
There could be valid reasons not to build new dams, but why take out ones that are already in place and working very well?
Are they working well? Dams have a limited life expectancy. This is a good read: https://www.internationalrivers.org/getting-old-dam-aging-and-decommissioning