Scientists say Canal would destroy environment

Article in Nature by co-authored by Jorge Huete-Pérez, president of the Nicaraguan Academy of Sciences, calling for an urgent environmental assessment by a body that is independent of the Nicaraguan government:

" In preparation for a future of climate change, food insecurity and biodiversity loss, Nicaragua must establish long-term measures for the protection of its environment, not sacrifice itself to speculators."

Here is an interview in the National Geographic interview with Dr. Huete-Pérez:

"The concession allows HKND to make use of any natural resources and to declare any national territory to be necessary for the purpose of the project ... The new constitution ... along with [the new] Canal Law 840, grants HKND the right to expropriate land and natural resources as it sees fit for the success of the project and subprojects."

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Expropriate any land or

Expropriate any land or natural resources (..water??) for their that protects the Chinese but leaves Nica bent over their knee. Glad the canal is not going Leon or Managua.

I have said it before

and I will say it now. There is going to be a big land grab here. Just wait. Everyone will get land except for the rightful owners of the land.

"The Nicaraguan Academy of Sciences (of which one of us, J.A.H.-P., is president) is coordinating efforts with the InterAmerican Network of Academies of Sciences to carry out an independent impact assessment. We need more conservation groups and social organizations to lend their expertise and funds if we are to prevent the tragic devastation of indigenous communities along with terrestrial, marine and freshwater biodiversity and resources in Central America."

What is an independent body going to do? Force Nicaragua to change it's constitution? They might generate some bad publicity, but what can they really do? Who is going to do it? Maybe Green Peace will storm up Rio San Juan much as Sir Henry Morgan did?

Dr. Jorge A. Huete-Pérez is not a dumb man:

I just don't know what he expects to accomplish. He may get more money for other projects, but in my view there are only 3 things that can kill this project now.

1. Lack of funding

2. Project leaders being so corrupt their personal greed trumps the project.

3. ineptitude

I though of a 4th way, but it is too radical to worth mention.

I hope this project can be done as fairly and as environmentally safe as possible, but the decision are out of the people's hands at this point.

People will be displaced, injustices will be done, and environmental damage is going to occur. What can realistically be done?

1st Capt. Ron

(Title by Miskito Alan)

before coming down

I read a book that said that in this epoch great engineering feats can only be accomplished by dictatorships. If the shoe fits?

``Socialism works fine until you run out of other peoples` money``

Margaret Thatcher