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Broadcast on live television, the wall for Three Gorges Dam was completed the other day to much flag waving. This concrete monstrosity will go down in history as one the biggest acts of ecological terrorism ever perpetrated. The goons masquerading as economic advisors to the Chinese government will no doubt receive accolades for this ‘masterstroke’ which will ease the problems China has in generating enough power to meet the needs of its burgeoning economic growth. Apart from the fact it is way over budget (some estimates place total cost at USD100 billion) … if only this money had gone into solar, wind or geothermal energy … the social impact is of obscene proportions (1 million people relocated) and the ongoing, irreversible environmental consequences incalculable.