- Maurice E. Adams
- November 25, 2012 - 10:31
There is no evidence that the is "sufficient demand to justify Muskrat Fall"..... The only two independent reviews (the federal/provincial review panel and the PUB) have said there is INSUFFICIENT evidence that the island needs the power. I think there is an onus on the media to stop spouting Nalcor and government's propaganda as if it were fact.
- November 24, 2012 - 10:26
I am so tired of hearing about Muskrat Falls!. It seems that they are gonig ahead with it no matter what. What about the alernatives, such as windmills. Instead of going ahead wih Muskrat Falls and having more power than we can sell and costing so many billions of dollars. What about having windmills and generating as the need arises ..
- Cyril Rogers
- November 24, 2012 - 09:37
Ms Fitzpatrick, there are many realities that could be associated with Muskrat Falls but truth and clarity are not much in evidence. The "wealth of information" you reference is mostly a collection of half-truths and outdated or poorly-researched documents. The inability of the independent regulator(PUB)to do a thorough review speaks volumes about the veracity of the information on display. None of it is a complete lie but there are liberal interpretations of the reality of what we will face in terms of cost and in the actual monthly power rates we will be forced to endure. The reality that "bills are expected to surge between now and'....2017, is simply a ploy by the powers that be to jack up rates, whether justified or not. NL Hydro was granted a 7.5% rate increase for 5 years, beginning last year, I believe, for a total increase of 37.5%. To say this rate increase was justified is a stretch, and it seems to me that it was merely designed to prime us for the inevitable increases that MUST follow the completion of Muskrat Falls. While they have suggested that rates between 2017 and 2030 will rise incrementally, what happens when the costs of completing the project jump by 2-3 billion dollars? Once sanctioned and committed to this financial white elephant, there is no turning back. The only reality will be financial hardship for the people of the province. Sure, we will pay for it.....but it will be at the expense of essential services. Dig deeper and you will find another reality!
- Maurice E. Adams
- November 24, 2012 - 08:57
"Overall power demand is enough to justify Muskrat Falls" ---- based on what evidence? That is not a true statement, according to the independent federal/provinical Review Panel and the NL public utilities board, both of whom determined that Nalcor had NOT DEMONSTRATED that the island needs more power --- not alone based on a crystal ball 50-year demand forecast (2 and 1/2 times as long as what NL Hydro is allowed BY LAW to ask its clients to provide), oil based on $200 a barrel, no efficiency program, no proper review of alternatives, etc. etc. etc.
- John Smith
- November 24, 2012 - 08:42
The muskrat Falls development is a well thought out, well researched, well reviewed answer to our coming energy requirements here in this province. Several independant analysis has been conducted, and they have all come back in support of Muskrat. Two recent polls show most support the project. It has been shown that our costs for electricity have risen by 70% since the mid 90s, and we will see about 10-14% increase between now and this time next year. The only way we will stableize our rates is to get onto Muskrat power as soon as possible. We will borrow about 4 billion dollars for the project, about what we spend each year on healthcare in the province, for a 100 year project, that will see us connect to the mainland, allowing us to export excess energy, persue wind and other alternatives, rid ourselves of the smoke belching plant in Holyrood, and get off reliance on middle eastern bunker C. We will be paying into our own project, our own resource that will serve us for generations. The naysayers have not put forward one report, one review, one study, one expert that will come out against this project...why? Because no sane rational, expert would ever back one of these hairbrained schemes over a hydro project.Simple as that. Don't you think that if the 2041 group, or one of the other groups had expert evidence they would bring it forward? Same with the opposition. Don't you think if they could find someone, anyone with a scintilla of credibility that they would be trotting them out with all the fanfare you could imagine? But yet...we only hear crickets chirping...silence from the naysayers side...except of course from themselves...which is meaningless.