Posted by: preservenile | June 17, 2012

Alternatives

Recently, two new informative texts on the so-called Dam Crisis appeared on the Net, in the Greek website monumenta.org:

http://www.monumenta.org/article.php?IssueID=3&ArticleID=728&CategoryID=4&lang=gr

http://www.monumenta.org/article.php?perm=1&IssueID=3&lang=gr&CategoryID=19&ArticleID=726

Both texts are in Greek, the English translation being nothing else than the petition of the European Committee:

http://www.monumenta.org/article.php?perm=1&IssueID=3&lang=en&CategoryID=19&ArticleID=726

The reason for not translating the entire texts is that the purpose was to inform the Greek public, whom the website is mainly addressing.

Greeks nowadays face a very difficult period with another round of elections taking place today, while the crisis is on the peak, perhaps by now precisely because the psychological condition of the Greek citizens has reached bottom…

Problems seem to be attacking the Greeks from various fronts and the latest concerns the reactions of the archaeologists, of inhabitants of Crete and other parts of the Aegean against a development plan introduced by the previous government. Well, this was made a law by the temporary government whose sole role was to lead the country to the elections of today (17th of June)…

This development plan consists in various points that include gold mining, thermal, solar, and wind energy. Most of the suggestions are rejected by local communities, ecological organizations, political parties, media… For some cases the reactions seem justifiable (gold mining), while others come as a surprise (renewable energy). We will not open here the discussion of the necessity for alternatives to fossil energy production and so on. Theoretically, our position would be in favor of such acts. But not before the consent of the local communities has been guaranteed.

This is one of the strongest arguments actually against the dam crisis in Sudan: no step ahead with any plans before the local communities agree to them. If now the dimensions of the destruction to the life of the locals seems immense at first sight, consider that for some people dam building is an alternative form of producing energy and an environment friendly form of investment and development. But not in the Middle Nile Valley!

Perhaps in the same manner, the Greek authorities should reconsider the construction of wind mills on Cretan – or any other island’s – soil before obtaining the consent of the locals and before checking the alternatives that exist, like the placement of the windmills floating amidst the seas and in areas with no serious issues due to the migrations of birds.

For some related discussion in English, see The West Crete Blog

HERE one can read in Greek the governmental decision that sparked the latest reactions (ΦΕΚ 1787/2).

Either in Greece or in Africa, though, the form of energy that seems to be the preferred one by both locals and some governments and a few investors is solar energy. Such plans in Morocco are worth surely of admiration and probably also of imitation by many other nations, including of course Sudan. Read some latest news from solar energy in Morocco HERE.

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