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Old 30.07.2012, 10:35
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Re: World's largest hydropower project goes fully operational ( China )

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How many people and animals were affected when Fukushima blew up? That were only two reactors, this dam has the power of 15 reactors.
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I know, Adrian, it isn't great.

But I would rather an motherEFing big HEP plant, rather than 15 nuclear powerstations run by a State who like to be economical with the truth, or for that matter x number of coal-powered plants belching out enough power to feed China's evergrowing energy demands.
Sorry, i am not pro nuclear. Actually, i am sceptical about it at least for economical and political reasons and I wouldn't like Italy ,my country, to start nuclear energy program.

But i think that the common perception of danger (deaths and effect on health) related to nuclear energy compared to hydroelectric energy is misleading.

Two examples that i know:
171000 deaths : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banqiao_Dam
2000 deaths : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vajont_Dam

Usually we think to Hydroelectric as a very save source of energy, and we consider only the effect of displacing people, but unfortunately citing from the OP's link:
" Over 360 million people live within the watershed of the Yangtze River. If the one in one thousand chance of a dam collapse occurred, the millions of people who live downstream would be endangered."

Have to say that the "1/1000 chance" seems exaggerated.

My 2 cents.
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