FACT CHECK: Busting the Myths Around Site C
Tough times for the anti-Site C crowd. Ten days ago, they jumped out in front of the BC Utilities Commission’s report (without even taking the time to read and digest its 300 pages) and claimed victory.
But the Site C Dam must be built. And over the past ten days, we have seen the negative nellies’ arguments all fall by the wayside:
- They said the BCUC report shows the project should be shut down. WRONG: Site C is the slam-dunk best option if B.C. ends up needing any more power.
- They said a number of new tension cracks have appeared at Site C, which would cost billions to fix. WRONG: those “new cracks” were actually access roads.
- They said hundreds of people have been laid off at Site C and that only a few people actually work there now. WRONG: Employment at the dam went up in September.
- They said all those workers were from out of province or Temporary Foreign Workers. WRONG: 81% are from B.C., and only 13 are TFWs.
- They said First Nations oppose the project. WRONG: Six First Nations have benefits agreements with BC Hydro – and scrapping the project may actually violate their rights. Also, the courts have upheld the Hydro-FN process 14 times.
- They said killing Site C would be better for ratepayers. WRONG: Scrapping Site C would result in an immediate 10% BC Hydro rate hike.
- They said that under the BC Liberals, BC Hydro projects almost always ran over budget. WRONG: Even the NDP Energy Minister said the vast majority of Hydro capital projects were under budget – and when the Liberals left office in June, Site C was on time and on budget.
- They said we could magically get power through the Columbia River treaty. WRONG: Even the NDP Minister says that isn’t possible.
- They claimed B.C. won’t need that much more power. WRONG: The model they invented was hopelessly flawed – torqued to back their beliefs, but not rooted in reality.
- They claimed that Site C would flood farmland equivalent to feeding 1 million people. WRONG: This is just outright nonsense. It’s so inane, it’s mind-boggling. If it were true, the Peace would be feeding all of Canada today.
- They claimed that Site C is bad for the environment. WRONG: Actually, it’s the best way to address climate change.
- They say alternative energy can be done more cheaply. WRONG: Every country they list as an example for us pays several times more for their energy. And Ontario is a disaster – thanks to their push for alternative energy.
Every argument these professional protestors have lobbed against Site C has been debunked. Hopefully the NDP cabinet is smart enough to see through the anti-Site C lies.