Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Frankly, my dear, I don’t want a dam!

I recently wrote an article on the proposed Champlain-Hudson power line for the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club:

A controversial new power line has been proposed in an unlikely spot – buried under almost the entire length of the Hudson River. The proposed transmission line, known as the Champlain-Hudson Express, would be funded as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. If built, the line would begin north of the Canadian border, and run 370 miles along the bottom of Lake Champlain, down the bed of the Hudson all the way to New York City and continuing under Long Island Sound to Connecticut.

Not only would this produce an extreme ecological impact on the unique environment of the Hudson River, but the project has many other controversial aspects. These include its status as a renewable energy project, the lack of inclusion of the First Nations people in the decision process, its questionable economic benefits, and the necessity of the project to obtain a “Presidential Permit”. Read more...