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This article was published 6/11/2013 (1324 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The Bipole III Coalition has issued a public call, in an open letter to the premier, for a delay in Hydro’s risky expansion plan pending a non-partisan, fully independent and informed review of the plan.
In remarks made in his weekly interview on radio on Oct. 30, Premier Greg Selinger, pressed by CJOB’s Hal Anderson for a response to that call, argued that the plan is required to meet future needs and stated that “you gotta have that vision to build it.”
The question that arises is that, if the plan is so sound, why is Selinger afraid of such a review?
The problem is that Selinger and the NDP haven’t figured out that the economic opportunity, the energy market and our concern for the natural environment that made building northern generation and north-south transmission a good bet forty years ago has all changed.
Fracking has made natural gas an inexpensive alternative to hydroelectricity. Cheaper energy sources, subsidies and the U.S. recession have combined to drive down both the demand for and the prices offered for our hydropower.
The problem is that the vision of which Selinger speaks and which has been parroted by Stan Struthers, formerly finance minister but now minister responsible for Manitoba Hydro as a result of Selinger’s “reset” of his cabinet, involves looking in the rear-view mirror. As Manitobans all know, heading out into the freeway looking into the rear-view mirror foretells a crash!
Bipole III Coalition