Scientists have been adamant in their conclusions about the hydro project in North Sumatra: it is an environmental disaster in the making, and should never have been approved in the first place.
But despite growing national and international condemnation, NSHE continues to push for the project — pulling out all the stops in a desperate bid to save it.
In any other nation, and with any other financiers, it is difficult to imagine a project like this advancing.
But in Indonesia, with abundant Chinese money behind the scenes, who can tell?
It just demonstrates that when big money is involved, some corporations will go to virtually any lengths to get what they want — even with the world’s top environmental experts uniformly telling them it is a terrible idea.
NSHE should be careful — it could end up with a globally toxic reputation — losing business, influence, assets, and market share.
Prospective financiers such as the Bank of China should run away from this hydro-nightmare and from NSHE — or they will be equally guilty of ringing a death knell for one of our closest living relatives.