Chilean officials in the city of Coyhaique are scheduled to vote on HidroAysen’s controversial Patagonia power project today. Approval would give stakeholders an environmental license for what’s designed to be Chile’s biggest power plant.
From Bloomberg: “Patagonia with its spectacular landscapes will be badly hurt in developing tourism and you condemn Chileans to have to live with an ugly landscape,” U.S. conservationist Douglas Tompkins, who helped found the Esprit Holdings Ltd. and North Face Inc. clothing companies….”
“[President] Pinera wants to sell the idea to the poor that HidroAysen will lower energy costs,” Navia said. “The immediate effect of destroying Aysen is not that evident because they’re not users,” he said, referring to lower earners. “It’s not like they’re going to miss fly fishing.”