Brazil's Senator from Alcoa Hangs by a Sliver

Sen. José Sarney Receives Aluminum Eagle from President of Alcoa
Sen. José Sarney Receives Aluminum Eagle from President of Alcoa Archive José Sarney rose to power in his home state of Maranhão during Brazil's military dictatorship. He ascended to the presidency of Brazil in 1985 when Tancredo Neves, the president-elect, died on the eve of his taking office. Now, his position as president of the Senate, where he wields power second only to that of Lula, is threatened by revelations of abuse of power in secret financial transactions favoring family members and political cronies, and even leaders of his own party are calling for him to step d

Inga 3 Hydro

BHP Billiton, the world's largest mining corporation, wants to build a $5 billion aluminum smelter at the Democratic Republic of Congo's Atlantic coast. The massive smelter would consume 2,500 MW of electricity, more than DR Congo’s entire current power supply. Prerequisites for the smelter include construction of the proposed $3.5 billion Inga 3. But Inga 3 and the smelter would cost Congolese citizens electricity, jobs and development. Building Inga 3 to power BHP Billiton's planned smelter would derail the government's commitment toward widespread electrification for its citizens. Increas

Aluminum in Africa

Wednesday, July 11, 2007
A case study for Earthlife Africa eThekwini and Friends of the Earth Download Aluminum in AfricaWhile the aluminum industry’s interest in Sub-Saharan Africa is growing tremendously, the sector’s contributions to Africa’s economic and human development to date remain dubious. Aluminum is the world’s second most used metal, and the aluminum industry is made up of some of the world’s most powerful companies. These companies regularly secure advantageous energy and infrastructure deals for their aluminum production, but with questionable economic benefit or development for the countries

The Aluminum Can's Dirty Little Secret

Wednesday, May 17, 2006
International Rivers Network, Container Recycling Institute press release CONTACT: Jenny Gitlitz, CRI Research Dir., Dalton, MA (413) 684.4746Pat Franklin, CRI Executive Dir., Washington, DC (703) 276.9800Glenn Switkes, IRN Latin America Dir., São Paulo, Brazil Bosshard, IRN Policy Dir., Berkeley, CA (510) 848.1155 The Aluminum Can’s Dirty Little Secret: On-going Environmental Harm Outpaces the Metal’s “Green” BenefitsWASHINGTON, DCIndustry “greenwashing” obscures the real environmental costs of aluminum production, according to the Container Recycling Ins

Araguaia & Tocantins Rivers

Xavante indigenous meeting on threats to Araguaia River
The Araguaia and Tocantins rivers flow from the central plateau northward to the southern channel of the Amazon just upstream from Belém. Along the river live 11 distinct indigenous ethnic groups, totaling more than 14,000 people. The basin is also especially rich in fish species. The Brazilian government plans to construct 80 dams in the basin – 12 large dams on the mainstem of the Tocantins (4 already built), 7 on the Araguaia (which is still undammed), and 14 other large dams and dozens of smaller dams on upstream tributaries.

In Whose Interest? Lom Pangar Dam & Energy Sector Development in Cameroon

Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Download In Whose Interest? (PDF 1 MB)This joint report reveals how the aluminum industry in Cameroon is being prioritized over the energy needs of the country’s majority population, at great social and environmental risk, and without a participatory planning process for energy development.

Damming the Zambezi for Aluminum: Proposed Dam a "Power Play" to Gain Control of Upstream Dam?

Monday, October 1, 2001
For a couple of weeks in late September, sooty plumes of black smoke billowed from the stacks of the Mozambique Aluminum (Mozal) smelter on the outskirts of the Mozambican capital, Maputo. A year after the plant opened, a cooling tower in the treatment plant corroded and gave way, spewing sulfur dioxide and toxic fluoride into the air. A company official admitted that fluoride was in fact being released, but was quick to claim, "While the black plume now issuing from the top of the treatment plant is unsightly, it is not dangerous." Anabela Lemos of the Mozambique environmental group Livaningo

Foiling the Aluminum Industry

Friday, August 26, 2005
A Toolkit for Communities, Activists, Consumers, and Workers The aluminum industry is the world’s most energy–intensive industry, and also one of the most polluting industries on the planet. With the industry increasingly looking for cheap energy in developing countries to fuel new smelters and to expand already–existing aluminum operations, pressure has mounted for construction of large hydroelectric dams to provide subsidized energy to the multinational operations. International Rivers has published this toolkit, "Foiling the Aluminum Industry – A Toolkit for Communities


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