Brazilian President’s Push for Dams in Amazon Basin Stirs Controversy

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Brazil has always dealt with its energy problems in the same way— by building more dams. During the 1970s military dictatorship, it was thought a mega-dam or two would solve the country’s energy problems for a generation. It was then Brazil began collaborating with neighboring Paraguay to build the massive Itaipu dam, which supplies approximately one-fifth of Brazil’s energy. Despite Itaipu’s output, Latin America’s largest economy still has problems with the stability of its energy supply. Last year, Bolivia put Brazil into a stranglehold by threatening to restrict the flow of natural gas, triggering a flurry […]

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