Hydro Power Questions From a 7th Grader

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I am a Grade 7 student and I am doing a project on water/hydro-power and I was wondering if you could answer some of my questions.

Question:
How do you feel about hydro-power?

Answer:
I think hydro-power is very important for the future of our planet. Hydro-power is an amazing technology that uses gravity and water to turn a turbine generator and create electricity. It is much cleaner than using coal and other fossil fuels, so it is very good for the environment if it is used in a responsible way. It is important to consider the safety of fish and other wildlife when building hydro-power plants, but if done correctly, it can be a great source on electricity for homes, and help the environment and earth become more safe and clean for future generations.

Question:
How do you respond to people opposed to you?

Answer:
I understand that some people will oppose me, and that is OK. Everyone has the right to their own opinion. However, I think that as long as a hydro-power plant does not hurt the fish and other wildlife in the area, then the facts show that it is much cleaner than using coal or fossil fuels. One downside of hydro-power is that it is very expensive.

Question:
Why do you think this issue is important/non-important?

Answer:
I think it is important because the climate is changing and global temperatures are rising. It is important to use cleaner forms of energy and energy demands are rising on the earth because more people are being born each year. It is important that future generations have clean air and water just like many of us do today.
Thank you in advance for your answers,



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