In a reference to the risky $34-billion expansion plan that Manitoba Hydro is trying to push past the PUB, we learn in “Cold Weather Boon For Hydro (Brandon Sun, Feb. 15), that “The two dams and accompanying transmission lines have faced a barrage of criticism as being too expensive and based on faulty projections.”
In an increasingly familiar reaction to any scrutiny of its plans, Hydro relies on the age-old strategy best encapsulated in the adage “argument weak, step up spin.”
Last week, Hydro tested, with its staff, its brand new slick and expensive brochure entitled “Seven Things You Should Know about Manitoba’s Energy Future.” The brochure promoting the plan is now posted on Hydro’s website.
Hydro spokesperson Scott Powell resorts to the familiar refrain “We’re very confident in our plan” and, with unjustified bravado, “We welcome the (PUB) review and we believe it is the best way to meet the needs going forward.” He reveals that Hydro intends to mount a Twitter campaign “to drive people to it.” Watch for it also to show up as a bill stuffer.
One could ask why, if Hydro is so confident in its plan, it finds it necessary to spend a fortune promoting it?
The reality is that at least six experts, engaged either directly by the PUB or by participants registered in the review process, have joined the Bipole III Coalition in pointing to the plan’s serious shortcomings and the unfounded assumptions underpinning it.
If the review is anything other than window dressing, the PUB will be challenged in formulating its recommendations to an NDP government desperately holding on to its seriously weakened position that the plan must proceed at any cost.
Bipole III Coalition
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 21, 2014