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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.

Gerry Goodman

St. John’s

Geographic location: Muskrat Falls, Island of Newfoundland, Churchill River Nova Scotia Decision Gate

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  • Winston adams
    October 03, 2012 - 10:39

    John, my suggestion, as a engineer with considerable experience in power and heating systems, was presented to the PUB in 10 page submission. You say you have read everything on this project, have you read those 10 pages? Can you give some technical reason why it is not being considered, instead of silly comments like That's a pipe dream. The jist of it is that we wasting 40 percent of our current generation through inefficient heating. Residential heating load is what is driving our forecast to increase 1 percent a year. With efficient heating we can reduce our load by 2 percent a year. Pipe dream? 2 percent reduction per year with efficiency is exactly what Vermont and many other jurisdictions are doing. They financially help homeowners to achieve this. In the USA, 8 percent add to rates fully funds the costs and saves 24 percent on the homeowner electricity bill. It is about 1/4 the cost of MF and prevents prices from increasing by 50 percent or more. If the customer pays half, a 4 percent fee would cover the costs Vermont uses 4.4 percent.. If this is a pipe dream, why are they successful at this . They verify the reductions. Google Efficiency Vermont. Shame on you John to ridicule this concerned senior citizen with your talking points.When you have read info from the Vermont site, see why their 'pipe dream' is a vision that is working and we should copy.Why? because it stabalizes our power cost at todays rares , not with a 50 percent bump. It allows holyrood to reduce oil use and polution, and is the lowest cost option by far to any new generation source.Is it a permanent solution? No. But can solve our problem for 2 decades or more. By that time, how many billion will we be in debt from MF due to no demand for that power on the island?

  • William Daniels
    October 02, 2012 - 18:59

    Well said Mr. Goodman. Well said.

  • John Smith
    October 02, 2012 - 12:31

    yet another...dis deal sum bad b'y...letter. Yet no explanation as to why? Why Mr. Goodman? Why Is it a bad deal? Can you tell me? Can you explain it to me? I have read every scrap of material I can find on this subject. I have attended the seminars by Nalcor, and Wade locke and Stephen Breauneau. I think it is a good deal for the province and an intelligent answer to our coming energy needs. I have seen our price for power increase by 70% since 1998, that matters to me, and should matter to you. if the US invades Iran, as many think they will, we will be paying 200 dollars for a barrel of oil, look out then. If we go with muskrat we will get off middle east oil, stableize our ever increasing rates, gain a much needed connection to the mainland, sell 200-400 million a year in excess power, do you have an alternative that is better than that? if so I would love to hear it.

  • crista
    October 02, 2012 - 09:59

    for any one reading this comment,THINK ABOUT THIS????what do the government be honest about????, not only the government,look at what this 70 year old man is talking about,and i am not only TALKING ABOUT HIS AGE????

  • Cyril Rogers
    October 02, 2012 - 08:09

    Mr. Goodman, it is easy to become discouraged in the face of the government's intransigence, arrogance, and stubborn refusal to openly give us information. It is also easy to be frustrated knowing that many of your friends and fellow citizens seem oblivious to the fatal flaws of this project. However, you and I and all the others who are doing our best to get the message out to people would never be content with ourselves if we didn't try, faced with a decision that we truly believe will have a major negative impact on our beloved province! We don't know that we are right...... but we know that the government is not being truthful about this project!