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Brazil Court Reverses Amazon Monte Belo Dam Suspension

Environment  (tags: ecosystems, environment, forests, world, protection, nature, wildlife, government )

- 3027 days ago -
A court in Brazil has approved a controversial hydro-electric project in the Amazon rainforest, overturning an earlier ruling.


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Marti Williams (170)
Friday March 4, 2011, 3:41 pm
Thanks Cal...a tragedy..

Alejandra Vega (139)
Friday March 4, 2011, 5:36 pm
I agree with you, Marti... Greed won the battle once again!!!

Debbie G (306)
Friday March 4, 2011, 9:08 pm
This is ridiculous. The go-ahead to clear land has been given, even though no licenses to actually build a dam there have been awarded. So,they're going to create jobs and energy, but where will the indigenous people, whose land will be cleared and/or flooded live? And how, since most are not trained or educated in the ways needed to work at this dam? Note - I do not refer to them as "uneducated", they have the education of their peoples ways, culture, spirituality, medicine, etc. Thanks Cal. Sadly, noted.

Carol H (229)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 4:43 am
noted, thanks Cal

Saturday March 5, 2011, 5:09 am
The Brazilian government like Chavez came in to power with a great fanfare of approval that it is "left wing", "caring" and all the usual badges. This proves once again that they are more interested in feathering their own and their business friends nest and to hell with the faceless people at the bottom of the pile.

Brenda T (0)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 8:37 am
Oh! No! When will they learn the harm they are causing? When it is too late?

Stan Joseph (8)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 8:49 am
Not surprised.

Lin Penrose (92)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 9:11 am
Thanks Cal. I'm Deeply disappointed in this reversal. I wonder what they did to the first judge who ruled against the Damn dam. Brazilians will get their 'rewards' alright, but they will be All Wrong! The ultiimate costs are just that - Ultimate..

Sarah Z (10)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 9:19 am
Thank you

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 9:30 am
This dam is not a stand alone piece. It requires others to be built. It takes the stupid arrogance to go ahead with some totally insane project that will make everyone understand what is lost when it is gone.

Natividad P (104)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 10:15 am
Noted. What horror! are not aware that they are destroying the planet? Thank you Cal

cristiana t (10)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 10:25 am
so sorry

Ian Donelson (149)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 10:50 am
The cream rises to the top. The higher the authority the higher the class the greater the corruption and soullessness. Only time will allow for these Bigots, Haters, and Killers to fade away. I hope our world can take their abuse until that time.

Cindy C (125)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 10:56 am
aww what a shame aw

Karin Abraham (27)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 11:11 am
Am so saddened to read this story. Every time I read something like this I wonder what the human race will do when most, if not all, of our wildlife is gone and every piece of land is filled up with some kind of human interference.

Bruno Moreira (61)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 11:28 am
sadly noted

Ronna S (22)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 1:05 pm
I think these people who allow this are worthless human beings who do not consider others... May karma grant them the misery they give to others.

Margaret Green (7)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 1:13 pm
what do these people think the forest are there for, well not to look pretty, thats for sure. If oxygen levels go down and carbondyoxide goes up, they will wonder why. How do these daft people get into places of authority, where they can cause so much damage, and whos authority ordered the reversal of the original decision?????????. They obviously do not care what their countrymen think, so be careful who you vote in.In the UK the government wanted to sell off all the forests to private investors, but the whole population petitioned and protested in marches and lobbying parliament, and they have had to back down, under the pressure.

gene p (0)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 1:20 pm
Why must the sadness expand?

William Ford (1)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 1:30 pm
We need to improve the envirnoment here then next door....

Monica D (580)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 1:47 pm
This sounds like bad news.

William Y (54)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 1:49 pm
Sounds like the judge has been infected with Kochitis

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 2:08 pm
Suprise, suprise!

William R (20)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 2:10 pm
The only good thing about this is they will not be burning coal or oil to produce the electricity. To bad they can't do it without clearing the land of trees and other plants.

C. G (1)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 2:34 pm
sadly noted ...

Thea Hollebone (4)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 2:57 pm
A nation whose police used to shoot its feral city children during night raids on the sewers where they lived will do anything they want in the name of greed and corruption.

Joyce Clark (0)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 2:58 pm
This is a disgrace!

Carol C (97)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 3:44 pm
Sadly noted.

Rand Martin (27)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 4:00 pm
I'm not surprised. The love of money is the root of all evil. What greed has done in America, it will now do in Brazil.

Ron Avila (20)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 4:15 pm
very sad

Justin R (0)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 4:17 pm
Stinks of Bribes and Bribes and Bribes!

Sonny Honrado (5)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 4:44 pm
How sad. Imagine all the flora and people that would be destroyed and relocated with no where to relocate them.

Ron Gordon (14)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 4:52 pm
Hope it can still be stopped. Somehow...

Nelson Baker (0)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 5:33 pm
There are corrupt officials everywhere. May they all burn in hell.

Cristina M (137)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 5:58 pm
This is a real tragedy. It has to be stopped! It's a crime what they plan to do. 23 million houses with power at what cost?

Debbie Valenta (0)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 6:44 pm
Breaks my heart. I hope they'll keep fighting this, as it affects us all.

Robert B (55)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 8:11 pm
As long as the corrupt are in power, the local people have no chance.

DAN h (6)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 9:56 pm
Bought, and paid for, JUDGES are a dime a dozen. If you find out the name of the Judge, need to place his pic. every where it needs to be. BENARD CROYN, republican no doubt!! Why do all of you people, just run down other people, and every time, it is plane to see, and you people get it wrong. The tracks, are not left, they are right wing, big money, hurt some one, or many, crooked judges, but we don't expect you to be able to see this. I sure wish, in some way, get this dam stopped, never know what will happen.

Lionel G. (4)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 10:06 pm
We are all connected. What happens in the Amazon has a worldwide impact. the planet is not an aggregation of substitutable parts; it's a living organism. I strongly recommend renting or buying a documentary film called They Killed Sister Dorothy. Sister Dorothy Strang, a nun, befriended indigenous people whose homeland, livelihoods, and lives were threatened by the ongoing assassination of the Amazon rain forest. She was murdered--shot six times. The suspect was arrested, tried, and convicted, but then the case was thrown out by a higher court. Yes, judicial corruption is as rampant in Brazil as it is in the U.▀, and we now have a fresh example of that.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 12:56 am
Utterly disgusting. We really thought this would be halted for the good of the indigenous people of the Amazon.

Sunday March 6, 2011, 1:43 am
sadly noted:(
thank you!

Zoltán B. (0)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 7:58 am
One of the faulty, and - if realized: irreversable - decisions of historical dimensions! In 1979, I wisited with a group of Swedish civil-engineers the Itaipu-dem being built. (Indeed a monumental andc imposing structure!) But, despite the utmost consideration for minimizing the negative effects of the project, local tribes had a lot of damage, which were compensated by possible means. The damages of the planned Monte Belo dam, due to the morphological differences of the building sites, would be many times larger. Also, many times more people would be concerned!

Alet Coetzee (59)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 9:54 am
Noted, thank you Cal.

Joyce H. (0)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 10:06 pm
When will "one more tragedy" be the ultimate tragedy for our planet?

Julie W (33)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 11:13 pm
So sad to read this. Petitions don't always work - but keep them coming anyway!

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Monday March 7, 2011, 1:50 am
Sad news Thanks for the info

Nuno Correia (18)
Monday March 7, 2011, 9:29 am
what do they have o their minds!?
So much money flowing to someone's pockets...
So sad

Dan S (9)
Monday March 7, 2011, 4:00 pm
Big business won again at the expense of the environment. I wonder how many American companies will stand to profit from this project?

pam wilkerson (14)
Friday March 11, 2011, 5:12 am
Greeze I think thier heads are dumb and their heads are dumb doesnt care about this world! SOrry, i have to call them " heads are dumb"

Jeannette A (137)
Saturday April 16, 2011, 8:55 am
So what can WE do to help change this decision??? Someone has got to have an idea.....
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