[Marxism] Dammed Good Question about the Green New Deal | Green Social Thought

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Nov 5 06:06:59 MST 2019

Hydroelectric power from dams might be the thorniest question that 
proponents of the Green New Deal (GND) have to grapple with. Providing 
more energy than solar and wind combined, dams could well become the 
backup for energy if it proves impossible to get off of fossil fuels 
fast enough.

An August 2019 forum on the GND included representatives from the 
Sunrise Movement, Renew Missouri and three of us in the Green Party. 
Rev. Elston McCowan asked, “What does the Green New Deal say about 
rivers and dams?” I said “That’s a dammed good question” and went into 
some of the issues below. Howie Hawkins and Dario Hunter, both 
candidates for the Green Party presidential nomination, told of their 
participation in local efforts to block dam construction. But trying to 
defeat a single dam begs the question of what policy a political 
organization has toward them. [1]

GND proposals from the Democratic Party, like those of Bernie Sanders 
and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, ignore both nuclear power and dams. Yet 
dams have ominous implications for the world’s rivers.


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