In Brief

Brazil depends on improving its energy generation capacity to sustain economical growth, but is Belo Monte, a new hydroelectric plant in the Amazon forest, the answer?

A three decades project is now in evidence in Brazil. Nearly six months before presidential elections, Belo Monte, a hydroelectric power plant, suddenly became a priority for the government. It has to be built, say the president and the Mines and Energy Minister. It’s a mistake, say a number of NGOs and indian leaders.

To determine who’s right and who’s wrong in this dilemma is not an easy task. Brazil went through a serious energy crisis in the very beginning of the 21st century, and there’s no doubt that the country needs to improve its energy generation capacity in order to sustain its growth. However, little has been done to prove that Belo Monte is the most effective solution for the problem.

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