Three Gorges Dam
Chinese President Xi Jinping's sweeping campaign to root out graft and curb abuse of power is now trained on the Three Gorges Corporation, the state-owned enterprise that built and operates the world's largest dam.
Our growing thirst for energy means today's projects dwarf most past endeavors. The Hoover Dam cost $49 million in 1936. Adjusted
This debate about whether China's Three Gorges Dam is to blame for a devastating drought has become politically explosive because it goes to the heart of whether the Three Gorges Dam should have been built, and whether heads should roll in the Chinese leadership.
The unchecked development of hydropower resources is like "draining the pond to catch the fish" experts warn, resulting in a water crisis in rivers and valleys on the one hand and a large waste of financial resources through the construction of crippled water projects on the other.
The Lower Churchill Project is an audacious plan undertaken by two Canadian provinces. It should remind us that the ability to tackle big infrastructure projects is still alive in North America, and inspire us to embrace similar projects elsewhere.
The Chinese government believes that a few people at the top of the government hierarchy can micromanage an economy for 1.4 billion people. Will the current helmsmen of the Chinese communist economy fare better than their predecessor, Great Helmsman Mao?