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An Icelandic Battle of Wildlife Versus Voltage

Date: July 16, 2002
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QUOTE: "The wildlife-versus-voltage battle has been fought on the banks of many of the world's rivers. But it is being played out here on epic scale across an extraordinary landscape."

ABSTRACT: In one of the last remaining pristine ecologies of the world, the aluminum giant, Alcoa, is pursuing price negotiations with Iceland's government and national power company to build dams for hydroelectric power to run their smelting plants. The project is so large, the total cost of construction equals nearly one-third of Iceland's GDP.

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