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Megadam Project Galvanizes Native Opposition in Malaysia

The political and infrastructure challenges are immense, and the ecological and cultural impacts have barely been evaluated


image credit - Yvan Cohen, LightRocket/Getty Images

Most villages along the Baram River in Malaysia cannot count on round-the-clock electricity. Diesel generators hum at night near longhouses in the northwestern corner of the island of Borneo. Mobile and Internet coverage are almost nonexistent.

A plan to dam the Baram River would generate power far in excess of current demand in the rain forest state: At 1,000 megawatts, the hydropower project would be large enough to power 750,000 homes in the United States.

UC Berkeley / LBL Letter to the Federal Bicameral Task Force on Climate

To:

Congressman Henry Waxman, Co-Chair

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Co-Chair

Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change

Dear Congressman Waxman and Senator Whitehouse,

We are delighted and honored to have been asked to reply to your thoughtful and critically important

request for recommendations as to:

1. What actions or policies could federal agencies adopt, using existing authorities, to reduce
emissions of heat-trapping pollution?

2. What actions or policies could federal agencies adopt, using existing authorities, to make our
nation more resilient to the effects of climate change?

3. What legislation would you recommend Congress enact to strengthen the ability of federal
agencies to prevent and respond to the effects of climate change?.

In framing recommended actions, we are mindful both of President Obama’s emphasis on climate

change in his second Inauguration Speech and the promise of legislative attention to these issues

reflected in the creation of your Bicameral Task Force.

The University of California, Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory advance climate

change research, energy innovation, and sustainability science, as well as economics, law and policy

scholarship, as key elements of our educational and research missions. In addition to this response to

your call for suggested federal action, we offer to engage with the Bicameral Task Force as an ongoing

Physics of Sustainable Energy III: Using Energy Efficiently and Producing It Sustainably

Date: 
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 8:30am - Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 5:30pm

This conference will be an intense weekend short course to enhance the background of physical scientists, especially early-career scientists, who want to work on applied energy topics. Go to the conference web page for details --   http://rael.berkeley.edu/apsenergy2014 .  These will be updated as planning proceeds.