- Cyril Rogers
- April 04, 2012 - 18:35
Peter, the PUB is rightly acting in the best interests of the people of this province and are the only body, thus far, to take a principled stand based on integrity. It is no credit to the Premier that she is now willing to have a special debate on Muskrat Falls in the HOA. She knows the outcome is rigged and is only trying to take the heat of her own lack of judgement and her own lack of transparency. This leader has failed the people of this province on every front, so why should we trust her to make this right. It should have been obvious to her from day one that a thorough review of all potential alternatives was in the best interest of the ratepayers of this province. What is obvious to me is that her interests are not our interests. If so, why would she support an arrangement that allows NALCOR to gouge consumers by forcing Newfoundland Hydro to buy a lot of power it will not need for decades, if ever? She knows it is the only way they can come even close to making the business model work, even after the government has to invest 40% to 50% cash upfront or it won't be viable on paper. Show us the real numbers, Premier! Wait until the cost overruns start to pile up and we have to continue to inject more and more cash. Small wonder, then, she is worrried about a deficit. All the extra cash will be siphoned off to keep this white elephant afloat.
- Was the Premier expecting a non critical Go Ahead from the PUB simply because the Government paid for the Review
- April 04, 2012 - 16:44
The Premier reacted to the PUB's "No Go or was it Neutral" agreement to the Muskrat Falls by saying our Government paid this group $2 Million Dollars for it to conduct a review and this is what we got. It was like she was expecting the PUB to give its blessings knowing full well that some of the risks contained in the information at hand would create a backbreaking debt for the province and its people, and other important information needed to make an informative opinion was missing altogether. Is this what goes on in Governments, you pay a company for a study and you then get the outcome you want. I always thought that Inquires and Reviews paid for by governments were supposed to be done in a critical way and let the chips fall where they may, even though I have noticed quite often it almost always turned out in a positive way for those who paid for the review. Crony/Corrupt Capitalism is the name of that game.
- Maurice E. Adams
- April 04, 2012 - 16:19
It begs the question ---- why is it that government do not want ratepayers to PAY LESS for their electricity?
- Good points in this article.
- April 04, 2012 - 14:10
Good points in this article. I understand how the PUB could not make a decision based on the restrictive measures imposed by the premier’s hydro company, Nalcor. They should be required to resubmit a proper proposal with all options attached – not just Muskrat or Holyrood. It’s as plain as the nose on her face that the premier doesn’t want ratepayers to know about potential cheaper rates.
- I concur just answer the questions honestly
- April 04, 2012 - 12:33
Peter you are so right in making the comparison between Manitoba Hydro, Navigant and the Public Utilities Board of Newfoundland and Labrador, all of whom were hired to offer an opinion on the Muskrat Falls suitability for the province's energy source. As you said Peter, Manitoba Hydro and Navigant have little to lose in handing in a positive veridct , but as you said the PUB, on the other hand, is the province’s own regulator and it is much more incumbent on it to make sure the province’s best interests are represented. But I truly believe that whoever was paid to do this type of review should act in the best interest of the province, not for the developers. From what I read on this project's reviews, all three said they didn't have all the details and that there were risks to the Project. What all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are looking for are the truthful answers to their questions. If this Muskrat Project is risky on any front, the risks should be pointed out and commented on as to their severity, isn't that the reason these Corporations got paid big money so we could obtain a truthful review of the risks of this project and whether or not it Muskrat Falls Hydro will provide the best alternative energy source for our province with the cheapest installation cost?