I’ll be glad with the NB Power generation assets sale is behind us. It’s getting downright silly out there.
David Coon and Elizabeth Weir are for the deal, Janice Harvey is bitterly against it. People are planning to boycott Ganong because his panel supported the deal?
We get our oil from Hugo Chavez. And people are going to boycott David Ganong.
All new power coming on the grid in the past few years (wind, replacement power for Lepreau, etc.) all from outside suppliers like the proposed HQ deal. Not one word of protest.
I talk about a few of the more serious public policy issues in my column this morning.
I said way back when that the Heritage Pool idea was an excellent mechanism to encourage more energy conservation in New Brunswick. Good to see that Elizabeth Weir thinks the same thing. Conservation is a good idea regardless of the source of our electricity. It will just make the rate freeze even more beneficial to residents.
I told someone yesterday that if I had come back to New Brunswick in 1992 and started to work in a company (one of the 300 I applied to and didn’t get even an interview), worked my way up that company and never had any interaction with NB Power, I suspect my first reaction to the NB Power/HQ deal would have been negative. Like my biologist friend, I would also think it seems counter to the idea of self-sufficiency to outsource power production to another province.
So I understand those that are opposed to this deal but I can’t envision a scenario where I would be bitterly opposed and deeply emotional about it. I would trust the consensus view from experts. I am sure of that.
The only way I wouldn’t was if I had something to loose. So I understand Tom Mann’s disapproval (loss of unionized jobs), David Alward’s (political), some of the wind energy consultants, etc.
But I have personally taken a number of blows on this that I am disappointed about. I don’t know why this had to turn personal. We could and should just agree to disagree agreeably.