November 08, 2016

BC Energy and Mines Minister talks Site C Dam benefits and Suzuki hypocrisy

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

Despite eco-radical opposition and attempted interference by groups like Amnesty International, construction of the Site C hydroelectric dam is well underway just outside Fort St John BC.

If you’ve been following my reporting on this file you’ll know I’m a strong supporter of this project for a number of reasons.

BC is a province with a long history of successful hydro-electric power installations and this is a region of our province decimated by the downturn in oil and gas so the project will provide high paying jobs for those out of work in the region and many Albertans as well.

I caught up with Bill Bennett, the Minister in charge of Site C at the BC Liberal convention over the weekend.

Minister Bennett like many of the rural BC members of the BC Liberal Caucus is a true blue conservative and I think you will enjoy our discussion on not only site C but also on the hypocrisy of people like David Suzuki.

Photo credit: Twitter/@sitecproject 

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commented 2016-11-15 13:22:45 -0500
So, how did you catch up with Bill Bennett? Via seance? He died last year, December 3rd 2015.
commented 2016-11-10 02:09:27 -0500
I’m always suspicious of environmental “gurus” who post claims under pseudonyms rather than their real names…. Ditto “PVEA COORDINATOR”…. His/Her claims about the Site C project is thus full of assumptions, fantasies, and some outright lies… The eventual flood plain of Site C will displace a grand total of about eight to 10 families who will be richly rewarded for their loss of land… The impact on “fishing and hunting grounds” will also be minimal given the land mass of British Columbia… Fanciful geothermal generating plants cannot begin to answer B.C.‘s power needs for the coming generations…. They may work in Iceland for local needs but cannot begin to solve power needs on a North American sized land mass… B.C. is blessed with river systems that produce clean electricity that are the envy of most of of the world… And in case “PVE Coordinator” is a bit slow on basic science, Alternating Current has no problem transmitting great distances, unlike Edison’s failed DC experiment for New York… Churchill Falls in Labrador has been happily zapping those same A/C electrons to New York ever since the 1960s…
commented 2016-11-09 13:35:20 -0500
The jobs created by Site C are costing $9 Billion plus (projects of this magnitude typically go into 50 to 100% cost overruns). This will generate some short-term construction jobs and ultimately there will be less than 25 full-time jobs at the dam.
All of the jobs are in one location. If BC were to to develop power using alternatives, it would be less expensive and far less damaging to fishing and hunting grounds. Additionally, the jobs could be located in various regions throughout the province on an as-needed basis.
BC Hydro and the provincial government are taking a huge, unnecessary gamble in building a massive piece of infrastructure and they have no secured buyers. Oh wait, actually they are hoping to sell it to Albertans!
Did you know that the cost of Site C power will be at least 3 times that of prices on the open market at present? Additionally, our trusty Prime Minister is willing to waste millions, if not billions of tax dollars from you and I on building a transmission line from BC to AB to bring you this expensive power.
It would make far more sense for new sources of energy to be generated by using AB workers, companies and resources than importing power from Site C. The cost and building, operating and delivering power from gas thermal plants or geothermal plants is far less than Site C. That’s what makes sense for Albertans.
commented 2016-11-09 10:46:12 -0500
Please lay off Dr. Fruit fly – it’s really an unkind act to make fun of the age-demented.
commented 2016-11-09 08:09:47 -0500
Suzuki and Soros the C.B.C. are all fruit flies.
commented 2016-11-09 00:30:10 -0500
I am sure that anyone outside of BC that listened to the video is saying that Minister Bill Bennett doesn’t sound like any Liberal they know, especially Trudeau, Wynne or McKenna . That’s because years ago, the BC politicians had to stop the NDP who were promising the world to the voters. The Conservatives and this different type of Liberal got together and formed the Liberal Party. Back then Liberal wasn’t a swear word, as they were Business and Resource Development friendly. Thus the name Liberal, when they are really a mix of two parties. ( Alberta Conservatives, this is the way.)
I cannot explain why the Eastern Liberals turned Left of even the NDP. One thing is for sure, Harper left a balanced budget and in one year Trudeau has it -$40,000,000,000.00,and no new jobs.
commented 2016-11-08 22:38:39 -0500
That Site C Dam was being mooted back in the ‘70s. Beats me why they didn’t build it then, at a fraction of today’s cost. And I’m sorry, but First Nations need to quit whining and obstructing and get busy filling out job apps. We all want power in our communities, right? And at a reasonable price, too, unlike everywhere east of the Rockies.
commented 2016-11-08 21:45:52 -0500
Exactly who elected Suzuki to decide anything? I would love to meet that POS and make him cry like the bitch that he is.
commented 2016-11-08 19:38:26 -0500
Bloody good interview WILSON

I wish I was young again, I’d head up there