“While the World collectively fails to recognize we may owe some-gratitude and not just animosity toward the Chinese Nation, there’s unnecessary angst brewing between two Governments in one of the most fascinating geopolitical choke points. This one, like many, is up in the mountains.”
Date: August 15, 2021
Opinion, Editorials, and Commentary.
It’s important to understand how dams work.
Their purpose is primarily to spin a turbine around a magnetic-coil for generating electricity. Secondarily, building a dam across a river creates a large pool of water to form up behind the dam, which gets pumped or piped to fields to promote irrigation. Maybe some people drink from it, but I’m yet to hear of a dam’s construction to be predicated on the proliferation of much needed water supplies to a thirsty populace. It’s electricity or food. Both available for sale to the highest bidder.
Their construction is also a weapon in the toolbox of a ruling-Government in any Nation to attempt and gather a populist movement around its establishment; usually, with tremendous success. Voting majorities seemingly love the idea of work, or making someone else do more of it. We have an obnoxious amount of dams built across every river a populace hits upon, and yet, it barely meets our demands, let alone exceed them. That’s to say, our spectacular efforts to generate power, can barely scrape together what we need. What we have there Ladies, is an Energy problem.
China poured 22 miles of concrete to dam the Yangtze river.
That is obscene. The men & women who built it are to be paraded as National-heroes; given opportunities to lead into the future. Their next attempt though, is one of sheer-scale. It still won’t meet our needs but our capacity-concerns are for deliberation at another time. Does your mind carry a visual of how the Himalayas are positioned on a Map? In fact, I suggest downloading Google Earth, and a daily peruse of what is certainly the most valuable information available to us today. The 30,000 foot-view, and its significance, is an argument I owe you, also on another day.
But right along the back of these mountains, in China, flows the Tsangpo River. It traces a path all-along the back, (top, if you’re imagining this top-down) and as it reaches its farthest-point on the rightmost edge of the ranges, the river makes a dramatic U-Turn, and flows out through the front of the ranges into India. Rivers start from elevation, far inland, flowing out through the landmass, until it flushes into the Sea. Around that dramatic-bend in the geography, just as the Tsangpo turns into the legendary Brahmaputra to enter the Indian peninsula, the river drops 2000M.
That type of elevation that can spin turbines enough that China estimates it can capably supply 40% of its capacity requirements. Reeeeee! Needless to say, China is interested. India is anxious. If I was the Indian-contingent responsible for assessing this, I wouldn’t get too worked up. In fact, there’s only one question I have for China – Can we help?
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