Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Gordo's Fantasy
........vs. the Real World

The idyllic image above is the way Lord Gord and his legions of minions at the Public Affairs Bureau would like to cultivate in the minds of the electorate about their Independent Power Production greed green initiative for British Columbians. The stream is hardly disturbed, and merrily grinds flour for the miller as almost an afterthought to the stream and the fish that live in the stream. However.........this rustic dream is actually more of a nightmare.

As ugly as the scar above, part of Plutonic's efforts at beautifying British Columbia, it doesn't begin to show the damage that these so-called green power projects inflict on our province. All we see here is a carved up mountainside, the typical scar of any new constuction and the damage to the forest from previous logging and fire or beetle damage to standing timber. This picture can't show the tunnels big enough to drive trucks through, kilometres long to divert streams, nor the spawning beds which will be to dry to function once the water is diverted through the tunnels. Nor in this case do we see where the millions of cubic metres of rock removed to make the tunnels are piled. It doesn't show the scars and unecessary roads built to erect high voltage transmission lines to take un-necessary surplus power in the wrong direction apparently for the express purpose of destroying as much pristine, alpine wildlife habitat as possible for no rational reason other than the greed of a few.

Keep in mind that the State Senate of California has already voted to designate Gordo's Green IPP "run of river" power as DIRTY and not eligible to be purchased for use in the state with the population of Canada that has been a major customer for BC Hydro export power in the past (even when BC Hydro had trouble collecting payment, like during the Enron/Anderson/Accenture debacle).

Bad Business
.......but Ideological Correctness

Aside from the fact that many, if not most, of these projects aren't really green but indeed destructive of fish, wildlife and other environmental values, is the fact that they make no business sense for the people of British Columbia. The independent British Columbia Utilities Commission made that clear when it stated clearly that these projects "are not in the public interest." These projects will be most productive during spring high-water, a time when hydro power is in surplus supply already, and the spot market for power is at its lowest due to over supply and low demand, it not being winter (heating) or summer (air conditioning) . It is merely an evil, greedy plot to divert money that once went to publicly owned BC Hydro - thus keeping rates low and replenishing the public coffers - to private individuals and corporations favored by our Victoria Mob - our own Cosa Nostra of Infamy!

In this weekend's Business section in the Vancouver Sun Scott Simpson addresses these issues, a surprising degree of coverage for Gordo's PR firm, when he chooses to outsource from the Public Affairs Bureau. For a government like this, to paraphrase Hitler's informationn minister Goebbels, a lie cannot be too big or told too much!

Independent power costs raise questions about B.C. policy

A strange business model BC Hydro is projecting it will be paying between $100 and $125 per megawatt-hour for new electricity supplied by independent producers. That is well above even the most optimistic forecast for what the Crown corporation would be able to sell that power for on the spot market for many years to come.

...../snippity do dah

Both Energy Minister Blair Lekstrom and the Independent Power Producers Association of B.C. (IPPBC) anticipate that the government's plan to contract several billion dollars' worth of new private sector electricity development will strengthen both domestic power supply and B.C.'s natural advantages in the power export market.


documents recently filed to the utilities commission by Hydro suggest that the overnight purchase price for a megawatt of power at a primary trading hub in the western United States — Hydro's primary export power customer — is somewhere around $60.

That has more or less been the standard price for the last five years according to studies by U.S. federal electricity market regulators — although the overnight price in California was closer to $80.

Hydro projections indicate that spot market prices won't hit $100 until 2032.

Energy minister, Blair Leckstrom who is apparently almost as awesome (and mentally challenged) as (BC enviro minister) Barry Penner sez:

"I am not a supporter of 'Buy high, sell low,'" Lekstrom said. "That is just not going to happen under my watch of this ministry."

Now how one reconciles the above with selling power at $60 after buying it (under LONG TERM FIXED CONTRACTS) for $100-$125+, defies any mathmatics with which I am familiar. Scott Simpson points out that:

The export market looks solid — recent documents from California regulators suggest that utilities in the southwest state may be willing to pay as much as $130 a megawatt for fixed volumes of renewable power on fixed-price 20-year contracts.

But Mr. Simpson may as well be trying his hand at fiction with the above, as "fixed volumes of renewable power" would require turning the world on its head for two reasons. First in order to supply say California (as Pacific Gas and Electric is the most often touted "steady" customer for "fixed" amounts of "long term" energy) we would have to agree to supply power year round, thus threatening our own domestic supply during lower water, or actually most of the year. Then there is the minor consideration that it seems unlikely that even the State Ruled by the Terminator will consider the IPP "ruin of the river" power as either renewable or green - considering that the California state senate recently declared the EXACT OPPOSITE. Therefore it could very well be illegal for PG & E to even purchase to supply the state with as many people as Canada.

The entire IPP program is nothing more than a scam concocted by the Campbell Crime Family and the cohorts and corporate pigs to whom they answer, to transfer yet another public asset to private hands to satisfy private greed. It will do nothing to promote energy security for British Columbians, indeed it will do the exact opposite and make us compete with Arizona and other more desperate jurisdictions for our own resources - with us eventually freezing in the dark so hair dryers can function in Tucson. British Columbians will benefit financially, but only THE few who can call Lord Gord Campbell a friend (and pay the necessary tribute to him and the rest of the Campbell Crime Family)!

crossposted to House of Infamy

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Will it be bye, bye Burrard Thermal?

Well, not so fast

It's difficult to know just what Gordon Campbell is up to most of the time. One can't base anything on anything he says, and even what he does visibly is often deceptive. Of course there are all the other things, hidden away, shielded by every form of privilege and spin doctoring invented. Recently Elaine Golds, "a Port Moody environmentalist who is vice-president of Burke Mountain Naturalists, chair of the Colony Farm Park Association and president of the Port Moody Ecological Society," shared her views of the ongoing Burrard Thermal debate in the Tri-City News

The press release from the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources last week might have you thinking the Burrard Thermal generating plant in Port Moody will soon be shut down and our air quality will be much improved as a consequence.

Wrong on both counts.

I think this press release was more about the BC Liberal government creating energy policies to favour its supporters in the private power industry.

All the king's horses and all the king's men plus the stalwart warriors of the Public Affairs Bureau and the Vichy cabal of Canned Waste Media in the province have been trying to convince us of BC's energy shortfalls as a way to promote the destructive and money losing ruin of the river IPPs. BC is generally a net exporter of electricity and could be more than self sufficient, but Gordo's cronies would have no excuse to eat at the taxpayer trough and suck the blood from BC Hydro, the people's utility. Ms. Golds succiently points out this illogical scam.

The government claims B.C. is not self-sufficient in electricity production. In fact, in most years, we export more electricity than we import. Most of the electricity we purchase from outside the province is coal-generated electricity from Alberta in the middle of the night when there is little demand for it and the electricity is low-priced.

One of the benefits of hydro power is that it is easy to shut off or adjust — unlike coal plants, which are very inefficient to ramp up and down. This means our night-time purchases of electricity actually help the Alberta plants run more efficiently and, thus, conserve carbon dioxide.

In general, I think we have a sensible and reasonably balanced electricity system in B.C. I’m all for doing more to improve its efficiency and reduce impacts on the environment but I don’t support policies that appear to be designed simply to deliver more profit to private companies.

It is ludicrous on its face that Gord and gang are trying to convince us that Burrard Thermal (and its back-up dependability) needs to be closed to prevent carbon emissions. Remember this is the same government (and cronies) that want to build a pipeline to enable the tar sands goo to be transferred to tankers plying the North Coast (nightmares of Exxon Valdez), ship China all the coal they can burn and pave every possible inch of agricultural land to make way for fossil fueled vehicles. The planet only has one atmosphere, and the atmosphere doesn't respect national boundaries.

Monday, November 2, 2009

"....Idiotic Decision!"

Well I guess the Powell River Persuader was wrong, and we here at WaterWalk were unfortunately right. Why did we think for a second that Lord Gord, self appointed dictator of British Columbia, wouldn't just overrule the British Columbia Utilities Commission and order BC Hydro to purchase even more power from his buddies with the water licenses on all of our streams. So much for an independent oversight commission making plans based on science.

So far it seems my mother was wrong about liars never prospering!

Doug Pyper forwarded this from Rafe Mair, a press release from the Wilderness Committee bringing to our attention the recent ditatorial move by Gord the Lord. You can be excused if you didn't notice much about this in the Lamestream press still controlled by the Asspersons of Canned Waste.

BC Government Overrules Independent Regulator

Lines Pockets of Private Power Producers

Vancouver, BC – The Wilderness Committee today condemned the BC government's decision to order BC Hydro to buy an additional 6,000 gigawatt hours of electrical power from private power producers, in direct opposition to what the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) has recommended.

“Requiring BC Hydro to purchase power that it doesn’t need is an idiotic decision and a gift to the private power industry. Three months ago, the BCUC said buying this power was not in the public interest, and yet the BC government is ignoring their own regulatory watchdog and ordering BC Hydro to spend billions of dollars on power we don’t need. This decision won’t reduce greenhouse gas emissions in BC by one iota, but it will damage a lot of streams and rivers in the process,” said Gwen Barlee, policy director with the Wilderness Committee.

“Private power coming from so-called ‘run of river’ projects comes mostly at the wrong time of year for British Columbians, is costing us far above market rates, and threatens our rivers and streams. Ratepayers are already on the hook for $31 billion in energy agreements to the likes of General Electric. The BC government's decision to order Hydro to buy even more of this power is irrational and unacceptable,” said Wilderness Committee campaign director Joe Foy.

The BC government justified the decision to purchase more expensive private power by over-ruling the BCUC and reducing the “planning” capacity of Burrard Thermal, a gas-powered plant in Port Moody. Since 2002, Burrard Thermal has run at about five per cent of capacity, being used almost exclusively to provide firm emergency peak power backup in winter months. Ironically, Burrard Thermal will continue to operate in the same manner it has for the last seven years despite the government’s recent announcement.

The BC government has come under intense criticism since the introduction of the BC Energy Plan in 2002 which prohibited BC Hydro from producing new sources of hydroelectricity. The Energy Plan resulted in a gold rush which has seen over 800 water bodies, including lakes, staked by private power corporations. Private hydro projects have been heavily criticized for low environmental standards, lack of public input, and a lack of provincial or regional planning process.

“It is sadly ironic that while the BC government is bailing out the private power industry under the ruse of addressing climate change it is blasting ahead with contradictory plans to promote carbon-producing coal mines such as Klappan and Groundhog in northern BC, axing Live Smart BC, radically increasing subsidies to the oil and gas sector, and promoting massive highway expansion. People recognize hypocrisy when they see it and are aware that this gift to the private power sector has nothing to do with addressing global warming,” said Barlee.

I would like to mention that Doug Pyper has once again posted Vanishing Rainbows, a video about Glacier and Howser Creeks and it can be viewed by following the top link over under "videos" to the right. Over at Doug's Blog he has posted a piece about Lord Gord's recent visit to bask in the greeness with Arnie the Hummer Fleet operator down in California. Of course Arnie is the same guy that sends messages to his legislature that say F**k Y*u - without the asterisks - they are cut from the same elitist cloth and both phony excuses for anyone concerned with anything green other than MONEY!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Campbell`s energy sell off failing on all accounts

According to the powellriverpersuader, as articulated at his excellent blog which I only discovered today:

Run of river power in BC is all but dead

The powellriverpersuader is of the firm belief that Gordo isn't going to overrule the BCUC (as I had feared), and also that the current cessation of the Glacier/Howser evironmental review process isn't just temporary, but the death knell for AXOR up the Duncan. I can only hope he is right. I mean it is pretty difficult for me to even imagine Gordo the Greedy ever doing the right thing for any reason, even by accident. But prp thinks Gordo has come to the realization that the Rape of the Rivers scam is a non-starter, particularly since it appears the California senate is hip to the fact that it IS NOT GREEN POWER!

Strike 2--Earlier this year the California senate rules that BC (proposed) run of river power isn`t green......This was a big move,the California senate ruled that the environmental footprint was too large for this power to be considered green,and the California senate also had strict wildlife requirements,especially fish.....So with the California senate ruling means that California will not pay a premium for tainted power,it would justify California buying coal power or something dirty. -----Read the story here on the California senate
California rejects ROR energy

prp doesn't think Gordo has the guts to face AXOR, Plutonic and all the other private power corps that have been showering him and his party with money, and his shamed ex-cabinet ministers with directorships that their greedy dreams have died so will let the EAO and BCUC do the dirty work.

....while Plutonic power and Naikun and other private power companies are loading up the BC liberal party bank accounts,well well,I knew something was up,Campbell knew he was in trouble,his energy plan is imploding,no one is going to buy this high-priced power,everyone has been promised a huge premium for their power all backstopped by BC hydro and the tax-payers,Campbell is in panic mode,so not for one minute do I believe that the BCUC decision to reject Campbell`s green energy was a surprise to me or Campbell, his green energy plan had become completely derailed,no one to buy it and BC is too broke to absorb massive energy losses,so I believe the BCUC decision was on orders from Campbell,after all the BCUC has backed up the government on all of it`s requests so far.

Here is what I believe,Campbell doesn`t have the balls to tell Plutonic that the deals are off,so he gets the BCUC to do his bidding.

So today the five dam project was halted in the Kooteneys over the 1000 negative impact reports on wildlife,paticularly fish,all fish in the Glacier and Howser river would be dead and the people had the California senate report stating they wouldn`t buy the power,it wasn`t green,it wasn`t fish-centric and didn`t have adequate river flow for fish,so now this project has been cancelled for now,when did the ministry of the environment stop anything? read about it here---

Kootenay residents riled

The persuader's post has a lot of background on the genesis of the River Pillaging Plan and our sorry excuse for media's complicity in the plot. Also the comments there by apologists twisting the facts to support the sell out and prp's rebuttal with the facts is itself worth going over and checking out the whole piece.

Lara Dauphinee and anyone else who loves or worships Herr Gordo is advised to exercise discretion and may not enjoy reading any posts at the Straight Goods It could shatter their fantasy of Gordo the Great!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A Setback for Greed Power

"not in the public interest"

Those who have felt that the Campbelloid'svision of Run of River private power was only green in the sense of the American dollars it would generate (for Americans and other corporate buddies of the Campbell Gang) have heard from another voice of reason this week. After hearings that have taken almost a year the British Columbia Utilities Commission has rejected the Ruin of the Rivers Pirate Power plans. According to the Globe and Mail, in an article by their man in BC, Mark Hume:

Green Premier's agenda hits snag as energy plan rejected

The British Columbia government's energy plan and the future of new renewable-power projects in the province have been shaken by a ruling from the B.C. Utilities Commission.

After hearings that lasted almost a year, the commission has rejected BC Hydro's long-term acquisition plan as “not in the public interest” and has refused to endorse its push for clean energy...../snip

We have a very flawed energy plan in this province … the government cannot continue to exaggerate the need for power,” said Lori Winstanley, a spokeswoman for the professional employees' union known as COPE, which has long been critical of BC Hydro's energy plan....../snip

The ruling delivered a quick blow to independent power producers (IPPs), with shares for Plutonic Power Corp. plunging about 24 per cent yesterday, falling $1.00 to $3.08.

Reacting even faster than most media in BC was the Wall Street Journal, which shouldn't be surprising in light of where the profits of Campbell's dreams are destined to flow. According to the Bible of Biz or Rupert's new toy "Analysts Say Outcome Of B.C. Clean-Power Call Unclear."

Plutonic fell 25% to close at C$3.08 Tuesday and is off another 5% Wednesday, to C$2.92.

In a report Wednesday, Cormark Securities analyst MacMurray D. Whale said he believes there are three possible scenarios that could play out following the ruling. First, he said there is a chance that BC Hydro could proceed as scheduled, and announce the winning bids within the next four weeks. Whale noted this is the most unlikely scenario, as it would be risky for BC Hydro to proceed on a large scale without regulatory approval from the utilities commission.

Second, Whale suggested that BC Hydro could create a new long-term acquisition plan, cancelling the clean-power call entirely.

Finally, Whale said BC Hydro could move forward with a modified plan, awarding some contracts to clean-power producers but reducing the number of awards. He said this scenario would likely favor smaller projects, and could require some intervention from the B.C. government.

Gordo's queen enviro-bimbo Tzeporah Berman has been typing overtime to label the BCUC backwards and hostile to the environment. Her and other of Gordo's enviro lackeys try to push the false argument that the Utilities Commission ruling is a proposal to rely more on fossil fuels. But I think they miss the point, the main point of the ruling is that the plans to develop green (by not green projects) power as currently configured makes no business sense and "is not in the public interest." Many of the projects are NOT environmentally sound and are not run of river, but more like dam, divert and destroy the river for power that is only available at times of lowest demand (and thus lowest selling price - after being forced to purchase it at exhorbitant prices from the private developers). It is nothing more than a plan to bankrupt BC Hydro, which then itself could be a gift to some well-connected corporate donors.

Meanwhile they try to rush through the phoney Environmental Review process, which only is open to minor "adjustments" or mitigation, but seems incapable of deciding a project just isn't worth the cost to the environment and thus shouldn't go ahead at all! The only choice we have is to elect Gordo the Monarch, or not, once he is in the big chair, he calls the shots. He and his gang have shown us over the last eight years that they don't even have to follow the law, or the law is whatever they say it is on any given day!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Blessing Glacier Creek

The doggie gets it!

After the heavily attended meeting in Kaslo, some of the people concerned about the Glacier Howser IPP project went up to Glacier Creek to spend the night with Mick and Gabriela (Storm), the only residents of the whole Glacier Creek Valley. The next evening there was going to be a meeting in Meadow Creek, a community where AXOR is dangling the false bait of "jobs" before the mostly laid off loggers and mill-workers.

The next day, Eloise and the Grabowskys had a blessing ceremony for Glacier Creek, where it runs through the Grabowskys' property. Doug Pyper (and as one picture clearly shows, some other media types) were there and Doug sent along these photos he took of the event.

The coverage follows....
.....to Glacier Creek

Eloise prepares

Eloise, Storm,
...and Mick in Background

Mick and Gabriela (Storm)

The Ceremony at Glacier Creek

Glacier Creek flows through the Grabowskys' ranch and really belongs to ALL the people of British Columbia - not a corporation in Montreal!

Friday, July 10, 2009

A Phtographer at Kaslo

A Wide Demographic

Nelson Photographer Doug Pyper came up to the Kaslo meeting last month, with camera in hand. Doug shared some of his photos with WaterWalk, and some of his thoughts about the Meadow Creek and Kaslo meetings as well.

Gwen Barlee from the WCWC couldn't believe it! In all her years as Policy Director I believe she has never seen anything like it.

The meeting in Meadow Creek tonight was smaller, but still exhibited the same solidarity, energy and commitment from the people attending....lining up to express their views and beliefs. Unfortunately to deaf ears! (the EAO bureaucrats)

If nothing else this whole affair has taught me this........the West
Kootenay is home for some the most incredible people on this planet.

Educated, motivated, socially responsible, but above all committed to theirbeliefs in the environment, humanity and to each other.

We truly live in the company of extraordinary individuals......these
beautiful people we call our friends and neighbours.

Doug has posted some of his pictures here.

He also recommends that people check out Damien Gillis' "recent 6 minute documentary about the incredible people of the West Kootenay region and a recent public meeting and rally held in Kaslo BC."

It's truly inspiring!

Damien's Video