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re­sponse to re­cent pub­li­ca­tions in the let­ter col­umns ques­tion­ing the vi­sion of for­mer Pres­i­dent Jagdeo and the PPP/C ad­min­is­tra­tion, he un­der­scored the fact that there has been no ques­tion­ing of the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion’s lack of vi­sion.

“I was clear on where Guyana was go­ing…Even to­day, I can tell you, sec­tor by sec­tor, what our plans were for the next 10 years. I can do so ex­ten­sively, with­out hav­ing to go back and find out….we were aim­ing for lofty goals that would have made this coun­try wealth­ier and its cit­i­zens bet­ter off, but now we have gone back. This pres­i­dent (David Granger) has a vi­sion about guava cheese and plantain chips.”

On that note, Jagdeo chided the Coali­tion gov­ern- ment for its short­sight­ed­ness, as it re­lates to en­gag­ing ExxonMo­bil on the prospect of sup­ply­ing nat­u­ral gas to fuel elec­tric­ity with­out care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion of the vari­ables, in­clud­ing the pos­si­bil­ity that the cur­rent agree­ment with the com­pany could be al­tered.

He said, “There is no vi­sion….this gov­ern­ment is go­ing to talk to ExxonMo­bil about bring­ing gas to do elec­tric­ity, when no fea­si­bil­ity study has been done com­par­ing the al­ter­na­tives.

“…this is an­other fos­sil fuel ven­ture, in­stead of com­par­inghy­dro (elec­tric­ity) ver­sus­gas fired power plants ver­sus ‘Bunker C’ power plants, be­cause you can’t do so­lar and wind as base load… in the long run, hy­dro is the most re­li­able.”

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