Why Christy Clark’s Site C Debacle has Potential to Haunt B.C. for Decades

Christy Clark, former B.C. Hydro chair Brad Bennett, former energy minister Bill Bennett, and former B.C. Hydro president and CEO Jessica McDonald were the four key players advancing the Site C dam.

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There’s a reason why I prefer nonfiction books to the meanderings of the Canadian media.

It’s because those who write nonfiction books routinely spend years researching a topic.

Then they distill all that they know into 70,000 words or more.

That’s what B.C. Green Leader Andrew Weaver did before writing Keeping Our Cool: Canada in a Warming World, which was published in 2008.

It provided deep insights into the state of the planet.

It’s relatively easy to dash off a column in a newspaper. I know that from experience.

It’s far more difficult to master a subject, communicate the most salient points, and retain a reader’s interest over 200 pages.

I hope the NDP cabinet keeps this in mind.

That’s because there are far too many Site C dam columns that fail to fully acknowledge stunning changes in the production and storage of renewable energy.

This technological revolution is driving down electricity prices in many countries.

And it’s sharply increasing the likelihood that Site C power will be sold at enormous losses.

Economically speaking, the Site C dam is B.C.’s equivalent of the Alberta oilsands.

There are sky-high production costs just as the price of electricity is likely to crash.

It holds out the prospect of being Christy Clark’s version of the fast ferries financial scandal multiplied 10-fold.

Yet most in the media fail to acknowledge this.

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