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Why would someone want to generate electricity through a giant hydroelectric plant in an area that does not demand that massive supply? Answer me that question and you can stop reading.
THE CORRIDORS OF POWER
Why would someone harness the power of moving liquid and transform it into a clean and usable energy? The answer is of course for the electricity that is utilized to operate the multitude of electrical and electronic devices that we have. Simple answer.
Now comes the harder question. Why would someone want to generate electricity through a giant hydroelectric plant in an area that does not demand that massive supply? Answer me that question and you can stop reading.
Any way, continue reading Hakim Joe's long and interesting article here.
In the case of the Bakun dam, the additional energy from this site will hopefully help generate a host of other businesses, assuming that the dam works. Such heavy investments will take a long period of time before its funders can start to recoup their initial investments; in this case it is the state and federal governments. If something goes wrong and the dam becomes yet another white elephant, the government will be the one to financially support it and guess where the money will be obtained from? If this happens, the Sarawakians will be the first to feel the impact. State budgets for other purposes (like medical, education and social services) will be cut to prop up the dam. This would mean a general lowering of the standard of living for all Sarawakians.
Is this what the Sarawakians want?Read Part II here.