Dams — Another View

         Even as we here in the good ol’ U S of A are beginning to tear down hydroelectric dams, others are building them to address energy problems. Today’s Wall Street Journal (October 12, 2009, at p. A8) carries an advertisement by the government of Georgia (the country, not Jimmy Carter’s home base), bragging that the world’s second greatest reserves of hydroelectric energy are in the Caucasian mountains and that 80% of them remain untapped. Georgia, it says, is an exporter of electrical energy, and it is a country “where getting a construction license takes just three months.”

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