APTN National News, Tina House
McCullough said that First Nation communities are far too often ignored when it comes to projects like this.
“They tend not to get the input that they should in my opinion,” he said. “Clearly these changes in their environment need to be taken very seriously.”
The Vancouver Sun, Vaughn Palmer
But the panel also recounts a novel, perhaps groundbreaking, submission from Robert McCullough, the US-based energy expert retained by the anti-Site C Peace Valley Landowners Association.
The Globe and Mail, Justine Hunter
Robert McCullough is the energy expert retained by leading opponents of the dam, the Peace Valley Landowner Association, to craft submissions to the review. He told reporters on Wednesday he is delighted with the findings.
Vancouver Sun, Robert McCullough
This fallacy, which is related to status-quo bias, can also be viewed as bias resulting from an ongoing commitment. For example, individuals sometimes order too much food and then over-eat ‘just to get their money’s worth.’ Similarly, a person may have a $20 ticket to a concert and then drive for hours through a blizzard, just because s/he feels that s/he has to attend due to having made the initial investment. If the costs outweigh the benefits, the extra costs incurred (inconvenience, time or even money) are held in a different mental account than the one associated with the ticket transaction.
The Vancouver Sun, Robert McCullough
The problem with Site C is not that it is a hydroelectric project. The problem with Site C lies in the economics. When Site C was proposed, fossil fuel prices were high. The cost of renewables were twice what they are now. Loads were not increasing terribly rapidly (load growth has been flat in B.C. for the past decade), but the forecasts were very optimistic. It is not an exaggeration to say that everything has changed. Site C is relatively costly compared to the alternatives and very costly compared to the wholesale market. It is in our power to do far more and spend far less.
Portland Tribune, Robert McCullough
“Privatization of BPA would increase costs for consumers. BPA currently sells and delivers its power at cost; under a private regime, an investor-owned utility would likely want a higher rate of return.”
McCullough’s response to questions posed by the British Columbia Government on the status of the Site C Dam.
The British Columbia Utilities Commission did not make a recommendation on Site C, but it did vet the facts in a way that makes the case for shutting down this mega project.
British Columbia Hydro’s proposed Site C dam is now in its final week of regulatory review. The vast majority of materials filed have supported termination of the project in favor of solutions that are less expensive, more deployable in response to actual requirements, and less environmentally destructive.