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  • Alec C
    April 21, 2013 - 12:30

    Law of diminishing returns will forced energy demand to plummet WHEN MF power costs 20+ cents kWh residential. To project INCREASING demand over a 57 year period, $200 oil, export sales, industry luring is a farce considering muskrats exorbitant cost economically and ecologically. Nalcor is going all in with MF without considering the odds in the least: ratepayer roulet if you will. Delay any final decision UNTIL POST 2015 general election, current gov is blind, deaf and daft to reality.

  • Tony Rockel
    April 19, 2013 - 11:44

    I'd engage you in an intelligent debate, Jim, but it wouldn't be fair of me to take on an unarmed man.

  • Tony Rockel
    April 19, 2013 - 09:57

    Jim, you are obviously too pathetically ill-equiped to comment meaningfully on either of those areas.

  • SD Redgrave
    SD Redgrave
    April 19, 2013 - 09:42

    I learned something new today, thank you. You know that old saying "give them enough rope" Well, they've done it. To quote Billy Holiday, "Here is a strange and bitter crop. It's simple now, Dunderdale and her crew are gone come election day.

  • Wondering
    April 18, 2013 - 11:14

    Maurice, and the new codes for housing will give a 30-40 percent reduction in heating energy needs, and if efficient heating (heatpumps) is used, it reduces heat energy another 25 percent. Houses may be larger, but overall this is a declining energy use market, and yet Nalcor said housing was at saturation levels in terms of energy savings! Something cuckoo there. It is outrageous that they get a pass on that statement. There is more downward pressure then upward pressure for residential energy use.... and that spells disaster for the economics of MF. This is a 'compelling ' argument that deserved more attention, and goes to the question 'do we need the power? It will become self evident with time. However time is the enemy, as more billions are plowed into MF. Of course the average person takes Nalcor's forecast on blind faith. And there are none so blind as..........

  • Ed Power
    April 18, 2013 - 10:31

    Thank you, Tony, for one of the funniest letters I've ever read in a newspaper. The cuckoo analogy is priceless and, sadly, entirely apt.

    • Tony Rockel
      April 18, 2013 - 14:00

      Thank you Ed! As will Rogers said, "I don't write comedy-- I just watch politics and report the facts".

  • Maurice E. Adams
    April 18, 2013 - 08:16

    Nalcor's claim for the viability of Muskrat Falls is based on its forecast that island demand will increase on average at a compound rate of 0.8% every year for the next 50 years. It acknowledges that there is no forecast increase in industrial demand after 2015 and that therefore the viability of Muskrat Falls depends on its forecast increase in residential demand (nothwithstanding that government's own facts show that residential energy use went DOWN, not up, 17% over the last 19 years and that it projects a further 20% reduction by 2020)......... THE FACTS --- Nalcors' DG2 (2010) forecast was that island peak demand would increase by 2.1% between 2011 and 2012. The ACTUAL increase was less than 0.4% (more than 5 times less than Nalcor's forecast increase rate)........Furthermore, Nalcor forecast a 1.9% peak demand increase for 2013 over 2012. The ACTUAL increase was less than 1.3%. ..... So, over the 2 years when housing construction has boomed, the actual increase in peak demand has been approximately 60% LESS THAN Nalcor's forecast. If demand is less than forecast, island rates will have to be comparably HIGHER (the legislated take or pay contract forces ratepayers to pay whatever it takes to pay off Muskrat Falls). If demand is less than forecast, rates must be higher, comparably higher, unaffordably higher than Nalcor suggests.

  • Maurice E. Adams
    April 18, 2013 - 08:11

    Nalcor's claim for the viability of Muskrat Falls is based on its forecast that island demand will increase on average at a compound rate of 0.8% every year for the next 50 years. It acknowledges that there is no forecast increase in industrial demand after 2015 and that therefore the viability of Muskrat Falls depends on its forecast increase in residential demand (nothwithstanding that government's own facts show that residential energy use went DOWN, not up, 17% over the last 19 years and that it projects a further 20% reduction by 2020)......... THE FACTS --- Nalcors' DG2 (2010) forecast was that island peak demand would increase by 2.1% between 2011 and 2012. The ACTUAL increase was less than 0.4% (more than 5 times less than Nalcor's forecast increase rate)........Furthermore, Nalcor forecast a 1.9% increase for 2013 over 2012. The ACTUAL increase was less than 1.3%. ..... So, over the 2 years when housing construction has boomed, the actual increase in peak demand has been approximately 60% LESS THAN Nalcor's forecast. If demand is less than forecast, island rates will have to be comparably HIGHER (the legislated take or pay contract forces ratepayers to pay what it takes to pay off Muskrat Falls). If demand is less than forecast, rates must be higher, comparably higher, than Nalcor suggests.

  • Not only Cuckoo politics but completely Corrupt, as well?
    April 18, 2013 - 08:08

    Mr. Rockel you have summed it up pretty well. When I think of the leaders of this province over the past 64 years and what they have done under their leadership with the development of our natural resources, I believe referring to the political scene here as cuckoo is very appropriate. I read in today's paper of a former premier who came back from the Federal Political scene and stayed long enough to have had one of the largest Nickel Ore deposits in the World developed and shipped off in the raw state to Sudbury, Ontario and Thompson, Manitoba so as to keep their Nickel Smelters percolating for another 32 years. It was a great coup for him, since I see he has been appointed as a Vice-President of one of Canada's Chartered Banks. He has had several appointments since he left here that must have added Tens of Millions to his personal wealth, matter of fact I have lost count of the times he has been appointed to the Boards of large Corporations and CEO appointments to large Corporations. It is time for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to get with it and stop the way we have been governed by cuckoo politicians who have done nothing but aided and abetted Ottawa in getting control of our raw natural resources so that the center of Canada could prosper. Maybe it is time for us to quit the political system and hire sufficient Accountants and Auditors to manage our affairs, since it is quite evident that being part of Canada will only keep us impoverished. I know that if we stay part of Canada our natural resources will be held ransomed forever to be utilized for the other provinces to create economies.

    • coco
      April 19, 2013 - 07:13

      Our history goes back even further to when England took vast fortunes from here. Our politicians treat us like we are products they can make fortunes from. We were their fish and then their oil and now we are their muskrat. I believe Muskrat is the biggest juggernaut in our entire history.

  • Herecomes kathy BooBoo
    April 18, 2013 - 07:58

    I see and hear tory members such as paul lane, steve kent, sandy Collins and dan crumble and I just shake my head. They are as believable as an primary school play. For the torys to come up with such a steve harper charade to discredit another member, without checking her own account first and send the likes of those guys to defend it. This is a such a farce. Reminds me of Newfoundlanders from a different planet. People that I know who aren't into politics are even making fun of this. Maybe Honey BooBoo could give them some sound advice.

  • Jim
    April 18, 2013 - 07:42

    Have another bottle of whine Tony

    • Tony Rockel
      April 18, 2013 - 10:51

      Anything would be better than what you seem to be smoking. Why don't you drink some more Kool Aid while you're at it?

    • Jim
      April 18, 2013 - 18:21

      I have to admit Tony, your knowledge on politics is better than that of your day job.

    • coco
      April 19, 2013 - 07:23

      Jim, I will be popping champagne and dancing in the street when the Dunderdale/Williams regime are tossed out. Not to wish the time away but come on Fall '15.