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I’ve avoided writing on Muskrat Falls lately as everyone else is doing a great job. Probably better than the project itself (MF). 

My friends (both of them) are sick of my talking about project MF. They  feel it’s simply another case of water over a duck’s back.

My concern is a question rarely asked: How much money are Ed Martin (EM) and Gilbert Bennett (GB) making?

The main justification for large remunerations (LR) is that all banks, corporations and engineering projects are rewarding top executives with millions because if you don’t, you won’t get the best people for the job.

If everyone else is doing it, we have to do it, too.

In response to this logic, I’m hoping someone will soon open a dollar store or a Pipers to make corporate executives (CEs) available at reduced rates.

What if a CE does an excellent job? The person  accurately predicts the total cost, the timeline, the expected return for the shareholders etc., then that person might apply for and get a bonus on top of their LR.

Now, what happens if there are problems with estimates (see Brian Jones’ column in The Telegram, April 17).

Does this mean does this mean that the CE should get a reduced LR?

It  usually  or rarely seems to happen. And what about the politicians who supported this project MF? Will they get a cut in salary or a reduced pension?

As the cost accelerates, it is likely that individuals with sufficient dollars will switch to solar or geothermal or some other alternative energy source other than MF.

This will mean the middle classes and lower classes will be required to pay proportionally more on their already bulging electricity bills.

What are the options?

1. Look for alternative energy sources (if you can afford it)?

2. Check the dollars stores for deals on CEs?

3. Move to  Nova Scotia?     

It is interesting that Newfoundland Hydro is now intending to purchase a 100 MW generator.

If it had done this before and bought some cow effluence (CE) from the farmers out west, we might not have needed the project MF.

There are individuals who believe that the project MF is tied more closely to cows than might be initially observed. We are all hoping that effluence will lead to affluence, one way or another.

Gordon Ralph

St. John’s

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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  • robthomas
    April 29, 2014 - 20:02

    That's all??? Only a couple of comments. Looks like people are getting tired of MF or have given up on it.

  • Corporate Psycho
    April 29, 2014 - 19:15

    Another option will be to eat catfood.

  • Corporate Psycho
    April 29, 2014 - 16:39

    Martin and Bennett get paid what Danny told them they would get paid.

  • Joebennett
    April 29, 2014 - 09:04

    Moving to Nova Scotia seems to be the answer or moving to the malls to keep warm. My question right now is what will my kilowatt rate will be when MF is completed. I'm sure Nalcor has a ball-park figure what this rate will be if this project comes in on budget ( ha, ha ) or goes over budget by one, two, three, or more billion. Please , please tell me this information , then I will decide if I need to go to Nova Scotia or to the mall.

  • Maurice E. Adams
    April 29, 2014 - 07:01

    Well said. Loved that last paragraph.