The Dark Side of Clean Energy in Mexico
The Tehuantepec Isthmus stretches just two hundred kilometers from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean, making it the third narrowest strip of land connecting the Americas after the isthmuses in Nicaragua and Panama. Mountains converge here to create a geological tunnel that funnels high- speed winds between the two oceans. Global energy investors have set their sights onput their eyes to the region sinceafter the government of Oaxaca claimed that the region is capable of producing 10,000 MW of wind energy in an area of 100,000 hectares. Indigenous peoples oppose the project, saying the corporate wind farms damage their land, their animals and their environment while leaving few benefits to the communities.
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