Fred Flintstone and nu­clear physics

The Compass - - OPINION - — Tony Rockel writes from Pla­cen­tia

Ed­i­tor’s note: the fol­low­ing let­ter was first pub­lished in the Dec. 12, 2013 print edi­tion of The Tele­gram.

Last week, read­ers of The Tele­gram were treated to the fol­low­ing gem from our min­is­ter of nat­u­ral re­sources: “What we see time and time again in this House, and what the mem­ber op­po­site fails to rec­og­nize, is that we be­lieve in our own ex­perts and we be­lieve in the work of Nal­cor, first and fore­most,” Der­rick Dal­ley said.

“This has been a long, com­pre­hen­sive process. There has been a tremen­dous amount of work and ex­per­tise ap­plied to the Muskrat Falls project, Mr. Speaker, in ev­ery area that has been val­i­dated. It supports the work of Nal­cor. It shows that we are on the right track.”

So, “What we see ... is that we be­lieve in our own ex­perts?”

What on Earth does that state­ment mean?

Does know­ing that you be­lieve in some­thing make it more likely to be real?

“What we see, Mr Speaker, is that we be­lieve the moon is made of green cheese, Mr. Speaker. There has been a tremen­dous amount of work and ex­per­tise on the green cheese the­ory, Mr. Speaker, in ev­ery area that has been val­i­dated. “It shows that we are on the right track.” The “ex­perts” at Nal­cor haven’t the first clue about the dis­rup­tive en­ergy tech­nolo­gies, in ar­eas of pro­duc­tion and con­ser­va­tion, that will be with us in the next five to 10 years.

Ed Martin has ac­tu­ally ad­mit­ted that he hasn’t read the Edi­son Elec­tric In­sti­tute re­port on this topic.

Putting “Nal­cor” and “ex­per­tise” in the same sen­tence is like lump­ing Fred Flintstone to­gether with nu­clear physics.

The only way that Nal­cor can com­pete with th­ese new tech­nolo­gies is to have them banned.

And our troglodyte PC gov­ern­ment is about to do ex­actly that.

So much for free en­ter­prise and fair com­pe­ti­tion in this prov­ince.

No won­der this gov­ern­ment is such a fig­ure of ridicule and scorn.

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