Why do I bother? Ever since Nalcor CEO Ed Martin said that Nalcor had a deal for me, I was skeptical.
He said that the island of Newfoundland was short of power for the near and distant future. He said that the solution was to build a dam on the Churchill River at Muskrat Falls. He said that Muskrat Falls would give me enough power to shut down the polluter at Holyrood and still have enough power left over to sell to Nova Scotia and beyond.
The only catch was that I, and my fellow ratepayers, would have to pay for all the power from Muskrat Falls. Since Feb. 2, 2011, I have written five letters to The Telegram and all five have been published. No one from Nalcor or the PC government has challenged my observations. The PUB didn’t give the thumbs up to Muskrat Falls and has been the scapegoat ever since. If you read page 59 of the PUB report that says how Nalcor intends to pay for the project, you would have serious doubts about it — and this is before the Decision Gate 3 numbers.
My friends and drinking buddies think I’m nuts worrying about this. I’m over 70 and will not see the end result. I could say that I care because I have five children, 12 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren living in the province, but the truth is that I think Muskrat Falls is a stupid idea.