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99,455. Yusufeli Dam: Ilisu dam was a dam that was going to be built in Turkey by Balfour Beaty amongst others, and they were going to get £200,000,0000 of taxpayers’ money, via the Export Credit Guarantee Department … It would displace up to 78,000 Kurds … (Dam & Kurd & Turkey) Mark Thomas Comedy Product s6e4
99,457. We find out about another dam that is to built by a British company using our money … Amec, the construction company, are after £68,000,000 to help build the Yusufeli Dam in Turkey in the north-east. And that dam will destroy the natural environment there … They will be made homeless … (Dam & Kurd & Turkey) ibid.
4,493. The Hoover Dam … Two hundred and twenty metres tall and a staggering three hundred and seventy metres wide. (Earth & Dam) Supersized Earth III: Food, Fire & Water, BBC 2012
28,927. The Hoover Dam ... building the biggest concrete structure on Earth ... Almost six million tons of concrete have to be poured. That’s enough to lay a metre-wide pavement around the world ... Frank Hurry-Up Crowe lives up to his name. The Hoover Dam is completed on September 30th 1935, two years ahead of schedule. Frank receives a bonus worth over $4 million in today’s money. (United States of America & Dam) America: The Story of the US: Bust
52,716. Four years after Muir’s death, work on the dam he had opposed with all his strength began. (Parks & Dam) Ken Burns, The National Parks: Leave It As It Is 1903-1915
52,731. Proposed dams in Sequoia, Glacier and Yellowstone were stopped. And in the Grand Canyon all of Cameron’s projects were stopped too. (Parks & Dam) Ken Burns, The National Parks: Going Home 1920-1926
52,755. Pressure for more dams only intensified. (Parks & Dam) Ken Burns, The National Parks: Poets and Kindred Spirits 1946-1963
52,783. Shall We Let Them Ruin Our National Parks? Do you want these wild splendours kept intact for your kids to see? Then watch out for the Army Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation – because right where the scenery is, that’s where they want to build dams. (Parks & Dam) Bernard DeVoto article
69,213. In California, there are huge problems because of dams. I’m against big dams, per se, because I think that they are economically unfeasible. They’re ecologically unsustainable. And they’re hugely undemocratic. (Dam & California) Arundhati Roy
69,214. Dams have harmed our wildlife and made rivers less useful for recreation. Stephen Ambrose
74,808. 35 years ago one man set out to turn this country into a modern industrial utopia – he was Kwame Nkrumah, the first leader of a newly independent black African state. His aim was to transform Ghana into a society shaped and driven by the power of science. (Ghana & Dam) Adam Curtis, Pandora’s Box V: Black Power, BBC 1992
74,809. At the heart of Kwame Nkrumah’s plan was a giant dam that would produce vast quantities of cheap electricity. Enough power to build a modern industrial state at the heart of Africa within a generation. But what Nkrumah did not foresee was that with the dam would come other forms of dangerous power he could not control. (Ghana & Dam) ibid.
100,314. Power meant electricity and the source was to be the Giant Volta River that flowed through the eastern heart of the country. Ever since the 1920s the British had planned to build a dam there ... In the early 1950s Britain was desperate for a cheap source of aluminium. And Nkrumah joined with the British to resuscitate the scheme. The British authorities saw the power from the dam simply as a means to boost the empire’s supply of aluminium. But for Nkrumah it was much more. He saw it as the key to fulfilling his country’s destiny. (Ghana & Dam) ibid.
74,810. The Dam was now a hostage in the vicious confrontations of the Cold War. A year before, the Congo had been torn apart by a brutal civil war. America and the Soviet Union backed opposite sides. The policy of the new Kennedy administration was to fight the spread of communism in Africa. In 1960 Brezhnev, the President of the Soviet Union, had visited Ghana. It frightened America’s leaders. They were determined that Nkrumah, despite his brand of African socialism, would be their man. Nkrumah though wanted to keep Ghana and Africa out of the Cold War. (Ghana & Civil War & Dam & Cold War & Congo) ibid.
74,807. President Eisenhower and President Kennedy were genuinely interested in this project because they saw behind the cold figures and the rigid calculations that the Volta River Project was not only an economically viable project, but also an opportunity for the United States of America to make a peaceful capital investment in a developing country. You see before you in all its majesty, science and power the Akosombo Dam, which has tamed the violent waters of the Volta. (Ghana & Dam) Kwame Nkrumah
113,340. There are ten more dams planned for Laos alone and 140 either commissioned or under construction for the Mekon and its tributaries. (River & Laos & Dam) The Mekong River with Sue Perkins III
120,050. God knows that dam wants to come down. These is a serious tonnage pushing up against her walls. Everything in the world is telling her to give up and let go. (GBH Films & Dam) Night Moves 2013 starring Jesse Eisenberg & Dakota Fanning & Petre Sarsgaard & Alia Shawkat & Logan Miller & Kai Lennox & Katherine Waterston & Barry del Sherman et al, director Kelly Reichardt, Harmon