Stop importing hydropower from Quebec

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNot all hydro-power generation is renewable. Economic advisors to Hydro-Quebec U.S. fail to mention that the “Hydro- Quebec reservoir based hydropower system” has built mega dams on pristine wilderness rivers in Canada, creating methane gas releases and mercury concentrations in water. This has resulted in driving Native Americans away from their hunting and foraging way of life, thus destroying their culture. One of these projects in James Bay was opposed and defeated by a coalition of Native Americans of the Cree Nation, environmentalists and New York state unions who banded together in the 1980s. They realized that a better way was to harness renewable energy and energy conservation locally, thus creating long-term employment and avoiding the pitfalls of environmentally unsound, massive centralized energy production. At the time, Gov. Mario Cuomo was looking at developing long-term contracts with Hydro-Quebec to finance their mega-dam projects. After becoming aware of the consequences, he changed his mind. In Quebec, the territory of Labrador is now being pulled into similar projects by the Province of Newfoundland and utility companies there to make the same mistakes by damming the Churchill River.Would that Gov. Andrew Cuomo review and follow his father’s legacy in this area rather than import more energy form Quebec.Fred PfeifferAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Feds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more