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The question of building the dams is one with no black and white answer. One could take a utilitarian view of the situation and make a decision on what would be best for the world in the long term. This would ignore many of the nuances that this situation has. The effects on present generations would be large. Particularly people located near dams would be most affected. Many families would have to relocate due to the project. Not only this but communities that live downstream of the canals, these communities would suffer from the environmental changes that dams cause. This could mean getting rid of entire economic systems that rely on the free-flowing rivers. This could also mean destroying important parts of indigenous cultures. This situation would be similar to the destruction of holy rivers in India. These arguments are very anthropocentric, so as Homes Rolston says” …let us orient ourselves by extending logical, propositional cognitive, normative categories into biology” (77) The effects on ecosystems would be irreversible. Entire ecosystems would be altered in ways that would make many species extinct. There would be large amounts of biodiversity wiped out as well. Even with all these negatives in mind I would still decide to build the dams. The reality is that these energy demands must be met one way or another. To do otherwise would greatly affect people’s lives, often disproportionately on developing countries. One must also take into consideration future
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