To me, the continuing LNG fantasy initiative qualifies as a Dead Pony Solution.
It assumes there are only positive arguments to go forward regardless! This belligerent belief is presented by people who cannot tolerate facts that contradict their conviction. It’s a position that media refuses to doubt publicly with the same disdain they express privately.
It is the latest Titanic crossing. To hell with the risks, we’re in a hurry.
It is required when political and economic agendas stand at extreme variance with reality.
For the Libs to insist that further investment will certainly yield tremendous benefits doesn’t require familiarity with freely available cost, distribution and geographic disadvantage facts – it requires faith… faith that political semantics and stubborn hope can somehow can trump reality.
The taxpaying public must forget what isn’t feasible and go forward, pretending that by sheer wil, nothing BC Libs wish to do is impossible, including trying to sell LNG to Asia at prices Asians will laugh at.
How did this parade of clown-logic occur? Hypothesis: Looking for an energy winner, our Libs chance upon a dying pony. Being vaguely aware there are miraculous performance enhancing drugs, they decide to inject massive doses of costly stimulant into the beast.
Taxpayers ask, “What are you doing with our money?” Libs reply, “After our horse stands up and walks, this thoroughbred will win the Triple Crown and we’ll all be fantastically rich!”
“But look! The animal is dead!”
“No! It is RESTING! You people say NO to everything! You have no faith in what we tell you and that forces us to tell you again and again, using your money for the message. We’re always right. You’ll see…”
Image above and text below from Yash Mahadik’s Blog
The tribal wisdom of the Plains Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that:
“When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.”
However, many leaders and organizations relent and persevere with the dead horse and more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:
- Buying a stronger whip.
- Changing riders.
- Threatening the horse with termination.
- Appointing a committee to study the horse.
- Arranging to visit other countries to see how other cultures ride dead horses.
- Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included.
- Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired.
- Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.
- Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed.
- Providing additional funding and/or training to increase the dead horse’s performance.
- Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse’s performance.
- Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other horses.
- Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses.
And, of course…
- Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.