Brazil's Environmentally Effective Use of Electricity Essay

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Brazil is the third largest consumer of electricity in the Western Hemisphere and the ninth largest in the world. In 2011, of the 531 trillion watt hours of electric power generated, hydropower accounted for 424 trillion watt hours, approximately a staggering 80%. Brazil undoubtedly has extremely high reliance on hydropower. However, due to the large size of hydroelectric dams, the construction of dams lowering biodiversity in the Amazon Rainforest, and the unstable climate of Brazil, the hydroelectric power across Brazil is environmentally ineffective. Brazil, a newly-industrializing country, is desperate to catch up to the economic development of highly-industrialized countries, for example United States and Canada. The energy ministry…show more content…
Brazil is the third largest consumer of electricity in the Western Hemisphere and the ninth largest in the world. In 2011, of the 531 trillion watt hours of electric power generated, hydropower accounted for 424 trillion watt hours, approximately a staggering 80%. Brazil undoubtedly has extremely high reliance on hydropower. However, due to the large size of hydroelectric dams, the construction of dams lowering biodiversity in the Amazon Rainforest, and the unstable climate of Brazil, the hydroelectric power across Brazil is environmentally ineffective. Brazil, a newly-industrializing country, is desperate to catch up to the economic development of highly-industrialized countries, for example United States and Canada. The energy ministry has projected the Brazilian economy to expand by 63% between the 2013 and 2021. To become a modern world-class economy with higher efficiency, an abundant amount of energy must be supplied for assembly lines, refineries and office towers. While other countries such as China heavily rely on fossil fuels, for example coal to generate electricity to meet the high demands of the rapidly growing population, Brazil has chiefly relied on hydroelectric power. To cope the growing population’s energy demands, 34 colossal dams will be constructed between 2013 to 2021 in an effort to increase Brazil’s energy production by over 50%. Rivers are being diverted and roads are being paved to create space for these massive dams. Canals and channels are being
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