Argument: The TGD does not economically benefit the displaced
- "Chinese Dam Projects Criticized for Their Human Costs." New York Times. November 19, 2007 - "'Past experience has also taught that hydropower development will not necessarily improve local social and economic conditions,' the authors wrote. 'There is widespread concern that, although the hydropower stations are as modern as those in Europe, the residents will become as poor as people in Africa.'
- For the past decade, the only two directions for people in the Three Gorges region have been up or out. Large, white markers etched with the number “175” are placed on many hillsides. No other explanation is needed; everything below has already been inundated or will be when the reservoir reaches 175 meters, or about 574 feet, in 2009."