is growing to a New
line that would carry electricity from Quebec to southern New England. Opponents have suggested an alternative: They say
Hydro-Quebec should use an existing transmission corridor in Vermont.
For centuries, the
native Cree people of northern Quebec subsisted largely on hunting, fishing and trapping. But the coming of
huge hydroelectric projects in James
Bay 40 years ago changed
that way of life.
hydroelectric dams are seen as one of the most environmentally friendly energy
damming rivers and redirecting their flow isn’t benign. Fish habitat is
harmed. Mercury is released into the environment. And the projects themselves
can even release greenhouse gases.
Just two decades ago, a power purchase from Hydro-Quebec would raise significant opposition over social and environmental issues. But today – with climate change in the picture – the deal has faced almost no opposition.