Muskrat Madness Will Undermine Sovereignty of Newfoundland and Labrador

I was a guest on VOCM Radio “Back Talk” with host Pete Soucy on January 11 discussing the implications of Muskrat Falls for the sovereignty of NL. That interview is available here. What follows is a summary of that discussion with time stamps.

Rethink Muskrat Madness

As construction spending on Canada’s largest green energy project — the 824 MW Muskrat Falls hydro-electric project in Labrador undertaken by the provincial government’s energy agency Nalcor — continues, the profoundly harmful character of the project is becoming increasingly obvious. Here are four recent sources updating different aspects of the project that help to explain …

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Bright Public Utility Regulation Against #darknl

Widespread and extended supply blackouts struck the island of Newfoundland in January 2013, January 2014, and March 2015. Each time, in the order of half the island was blacked out with many customers in the freezing darkness for more than 48 hours. A report from the Newfoundland & Labrador Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities …

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Labrador Power Fantasies

The governments of Newfoundland & Labrador and Ontario both of came to power last decade when their respective provinces had pretty reasonable power systems. When the respective ruling parties in both provinces finally get a chance to reflect from a position on the opposition benches, the electricity futures of both provinces will have been transformed, …

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Protect Bala Falls

Thursday and Friday this week, www.tomadamsenergy.com (and my dog) will be joining Peggy Petersen (and her dog) at Bala Falls protesting another of the Ontario Liberal’s green-at-any-cost follies — Swift River Energy’s subsidy-dependent plan to despoil the falls at the outlet of Lake Muskoka into the Moon River. I’ll be live Tweeting the protest from …

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Green Agenda vs. Public Utility Regulation: Newfoundland’s Muskrat Falls Megaproject

The government of Newfoundland has delivered a public rebuke of the province’s Public Utility Board (PUB). In an interview over the weekend, Jerome Kennedy, the province’s Minister of Natural Resources, declared that the provincial government “has no confidence in the PUB.” The program where Kennedy made the remark was On Point, “The Case for Muskrat …

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Newfoundland’s Electricity Future: Branding vs. Thinking

In today’s paper, Russell Wangersky, the St. John’s Telegram’s editorial page editor, surveys the credentials of some of the leading critics of the Newfoundland government’s plan to build a hydro-electric megaproject at Muskrat Falls on the Churchill River in Labrador. One of the impressive arguments arrayed against the project is that in 2041, when the …

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