The no, no, no crowd to any resource development will rant and rave, the extreme left in both the NDP and the Greens will froth at the mouth … but Premier John Horgan really had no other REALISTIC choice but to CONTINUE with the Site C Hydro project.
Site C HAD to get the go ahead: the project is too far along to just walk away; there are thousands of workers/families already dependent on the jobs it is generating; many businesses in local communities are benefitting from money spent by those workers; and, as I wrote just weeks ago, the project will no doubt be appreciated more 50 years from now than it is today; and costs will never go down if construction was delayed.
The pundits have reported the NDP government considered FIVE major factors before giving the go ahead: fiscal concerns; impacts on taxpayers; flooding of agricultural land; impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and First Nations reactions/concerns.
They left out another MAJOR consideration …. the NEGATIVE political impact on the NDP with the silent majority of British Columbians had they cancelled.
Those opposing Site C have waged a VERY LOUD propaganda war for years …but the reality is more British Columbians have been shown repeatedly in polls to support going ahead rather than cancelling it … especially in those “heartland” areas of the province where the NDP has been doing poorly.
Canceling Site C …. at the same time as the NDP has been opposing/fighting the Kinder Morgan expansion; turning thumbs down on the Enbridge pipeline project … would have played right into the Liberals’ hands …. depicting the NDP as job-killers that will scare away investment and resource developments.
Horgan … even though he gave the Site C go-ahead grudgingly … has made that portrayal more difficult … although still not impossible.
As for the Greens, Horgan is no doubt counting on (and I think he’s right) Party Leader Andrew Weaver huffing and puffing over the decision …trying to score points and woo over far left NDPers … but NOT walking away from the power and perks they enjoy by keeping the NDP in power.
Site C is a high-cost investment …. but 50 years from now British Columbians will be happy Horgan and NDP government brought Site C to completion … providing power to the people and producing billions in revenues for the province.
(You can hear more on Site C in an interview I did on the Jim Goddard Report podcast on Howe Street Communications: https://www.howestreet.com/2017/12/14/bc-ndp-had-to-say-yes-to-site-c-dam/)