Muskrat Falls was always a done deal, and a bad one, Pam Frampton, Saint John’s Telegram:
One week the project was all about clean energy, the next it was job creation, then it was all about being an affordable energy source, then it was a means of foiling Quebec, then it was a lure for mining companies.”
The Progressive Conservatives’ sales pitch was scattershot; they threw out a whole bunch of messages and hoped something would resonate with people…
Many people worried that the project might be far more than we needed or could afford.
In fact, if you look back at how it was being sold, most of the government’s assertions have come to naught. It’s not affordable energy, and it’s not even particularly clean.
…But there were plenty of well-informed people challenging government’s argument for Muskrat Falls from the beginning, both through presentations to the Public Utilities Board and through the media. Unfortunately, those strong voices went unheeded, and we’re all the poorer for it.
…The sad fact is, once Danny Williams issued his decree on Nov. 18, 2010, telling reporters “This project is a go,” all the critics in the world couldn’t have stopped it.