Sunday, July 24, 2016

This Day In Clarkland: Will Anyone In British Columbia Ever Say...

...'Thank God For Site C'?

I truly and honestly believe in public works for public good.

And there are many historical examples of such works in British Columbia.

Unfortunately, many of those works are now being actively dismantled in the name of a peculiar brand of neoliberalism that is really nothing more than the cronification of everything in disguise.

Of course, that cronification of everything is also a front end driver of the construction of a new breed of pretend public works.

And the Site C dam, in my opinion at least, perfectly illustrates this cronification.

And no amount of wurlitzering of the 'thousand job miracle' by the Clarklandian Wizards and the proMedia lickspittles in their enthrall will change that.

Which is just another way of saying that, while it once may have been our local version of the Tennessee Valley Authority, all that once was good about BC Hydro appears to be slipping away fast.


TVA photo credit: Historian Billy Hathorn.



North Van's Grumps said...

The reason that Site C MUST be built (in the minds of the BC Liberals) is because they have already told, did they not get the post-it note memo, the Americans that there will not be a renewal of the Columbia River Treaty because of Site C. The CRT 'negotiations' must be completed by 2024

North Van's Grumps said...

There's no mention in this Report as to how many British Columbians participated in the survey. 10, 20, 30, 40 .... all members of the BC Liberal Party?

With more than 50 years of proven success with hydroelectric power, it is perhaps not surprising that more than 80 per cent of British Columbians surveyed last year supported building Site C. This support is premised on the project undergoing an environmental review and taking community views into account.

Hugh said...

BC's GDP is supposed to grow, every year, for infinity.

BC's population is supposed to grow, every year, for infinity.

BC's provincial debt is growing every year, for infinity.

Debt is measured as a ratio of debt to GDP.

So in order for the ratio to remain constant, the GDP has grow, every year, for infinity.

Site C and LNG export make no economic sense, but are seen by the govt as GDP growth.

This is our government's strategy. It's completely insane.

Anonymous said...

GDP is not a measure of economic stability, it relies on permanent growth, which in economic terms is impossible, due to expansion and contraction cycles.
Only a fool would play in a burning building, B.C. debt is becoming an out of control inferno. Privatising profits and socializing debt will cripple future governments from ever putting the inferno out.
Truly a fools paradise, led by those who don't give a damn about the future. B.C. hydro case in point. Fellow blogger Norm Farrell has the definitive data on the "butchering" of hydro, and its "gutting" by the B.C. Liberals.
We are being governed by a criminal entity!

Scotty on Denman said...

Site-C: let's call it what it is---a massive, massive breach of public trust that should be prosecuted with special effort. It is more than just an outrage that a party can misappropriate public funds to get election campaign advantage---it's also ILLEGAL. It's called BREACH OF PUBLIC TRUST.