Support for Muskrat Falls is misguided

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John Collins, in his Oct. 2 letter to the editor, describes Muskrat Falls as a “monstrous … sleight of hand” and asks, “though already one-fifth the way down the path to disaster, must we still go the other four-fifths over the cliff?”

Fuel for Holyrood, which operates at peak for only five days per year (1.6 per cent of the time and some years not at all) costs on average (over a 10-year period) $92 million per year.

Yet Collins states that Muskrat Falls power will cost ratepayers almost $700 million per year — almost eight times more. In addition, while the province’s large industry and transportation sectors are by far the province’s largest greenhouse gas emitters (73 per cent of emissions), shutting down Holyrood has no impact whatsoever on 92 per cent of emissions. Why, then, aren’t our well-paid MHAs calling for this “monstrous sleight of hand” to stop?

Are they putting poll numbers and politics ahead of the best interest of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians? It seems so.

Maurice E. Adams


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