Hydropower dams have grown out of favor in recent years as greenhouse gas contributions joined the list of their perceived adverse environmental and social impacts. Hydropower advocate Mike Muller encourages scientists and policy makers to consider the entire system instead of just reservoir impacts and more fairly weigh the pros and cons. This article will benefit anyone involved in decisions related to advancing hydropower as an energy source. It’s also a valuable reminder of the importance of looking at all dimensions of an issue before drawing categorical conclusions about what’s best.
About the Author
Mike Muller is a hydropower and water management expert and visiting adjunct professor at the University of Witwatersrand School of Governance in Johannesburg, South Africa.