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According to Tony Rockel’s latest epistle from Placentia, those who support the Muskrat Falls project are fat cats, carpetbaggers, shysters, shills and political hacks.

Gosh, I thought Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau, Thomas Mulcair, Danny Williams, Darrell Dexter, Kathy Dunderdale, Dean MacDonald, Ed Martin, Mark Dobbin and John Crosbie supported the project because they felt it would make the Newfoundland economy stronger and create a clean, renewable energy source that would belong to Newfoundlanders.

How wrong I was!

These people are just fat cats, carpetbaggers, shysters, shills and political hacks who have conspired to turn us into hungry beggars shuffling around in the dark.

Thanks to Tony Rockel and The Telegram, I now see the error of my ways. Amazing what you can read in the newspapers these days!

Art Meaney

St. John’s

Geographic location: Placentia, Newfoundland

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  • Cyril Rogers
    June 07, 2013 - 14:16

    Mr. Meaney, your list of politicians who support Muskrat Falls only goes to show that the quality of leadership in the political arena is sorely lacking right now. The parties and their leaders simply are not looking at the specifics and the big picture while spouting the same tired old rhetoric. We can no longer feel inspired by leadership that sings the same tune while clearly as uninformed as you choose to be. I would strongly suggest that you read "Dam-Nation", the recent report out of Manitoba......... a document that clearly articulates the debacles facing that province, due to excesses and badly flawed projects that were developed by Manitoba Hydro. Sadly, these are the "experts" our inept government is relying on to support their own flawed analysis. Now, when you combine that with the less than squeaky-clean SNC Lavelin, you have a very dangerous fiscal situation in the hands of corporations, both crown and private, that have a vested interest in their own preservation.....at the expense of ratepayers.

  • saelcove
    June 07, 2013 - 13:19

    As long as little man dan gets his dream

  • Tony Rockel
    June 07, 2013 - 12:55

    Ooh gee, Art, I am totally crushed by your sarcasm. Have you read the Edison Electric Institute report? I guess not. Neither has Ed Martin. Never mind though-- either you belong to the 1 percent or you plan to keep warm by running.

    • Winston
      June 07, 2013 - 13:42

      Tony, the Edison report is an important one. Disruptive technology varies for different locations. Solar can impact USA traditional generation significantly going forward, for Nfld heating technology can reduce energy needs for heating by 50 percent and is cost effective now. As you now, heating is the rationale for their forecast demand increase. This efficient heating gives saving 24/7, whereas solar, here is not constant. How could Ed martin ignore, and not read this report? I guess , the same way he didn't read reports on efficiency programs underway in the USA and Canada for the past decade, in some places reducing grid demand by 2 percent per year. Technology that is appropriate to our location is what is most important. On the one hand we have expensive hydro versus much lower cost heating technology. Just that one technology puts MF to risk, as more people adopt it. Already the demand forecast is failing.

  • Quack Quack Quack
    June 07, 2013 - 12:00

    If newfoundland has to pay the cost over runs on the cable link, and they double, why don't we just do it ourselves and sell the power? Like the fibre optic cable deal. Is SNC-Lavalin now wanting to bid on projects with small set up subsidiary companies that they recently acquired? Bidding on their own projects? Sounds like the people in St. John's got more to worry about then the Hells angles coming to town. Ducks in a row I guess! Dan Dynasty!

  • Corporate Psycho
    June 07, 2013 - 11:05

    Sorry Mr. Meaney. I tend to Agree with Tony on most levels. Yes it is amazing what you can read in the papers. They printed your letter didn't they?

  • Ken Collis
    June 07, 2013 - 09:25

    I don't understand what you mean Art. You don't find it a bit strange that Danny announced Muskrat Falls development one day, resigned the next, and then shortly afterwards was sitting on the board of a mining company that should prosper more than most due to the fact that while the ratepayers will cover the full cost of Muskrat Falls, said company will get all required power to run the mining operation at less than it costs to produce? This is what I understand happened. As for the rest of the folks you mentioned, they are politicians and as such are not to be trusted either, in my opinion. You forgot to mention Wade Locke in all this. He's about as useful as a fox in a hen house.

  • Maurice E. Adams
    June 07, 2013 - 07:39

    The only two independent reviews that have been conducted concluded that Nalcor had not "demonstrated" that the power was --- 1) needed, and --- 2) that the project was economically viable................... "Thinking" something is so, does not "make it" so................. Where is the evidence?

  • coco
    June 07, 2013 - 07:30

    That's right Mr. Meany. Those who were already wealthy and well off are reaping ALL the benefits while ordinary citizens still pay the highest sales taxes in the land with the highest unemployment. You're darn lucky to get a 30 hr./wk, minimum wage job around here and the cost of living is over the moon. Get over yourself.