Site C

Does British Columbia need the Site C dam to generate electricity?
It will generate a projected 8% of British Columbia’s needs in the future which is pretty good.
It will cost $8.8 Billion which is not good.
One of the reasons switching to electric heat pumps and cars in BC makes environmental sense is that we generate most of it from hydro power and this would be more of that. So that’s good I guess.
It will flood a whole lot of farmland and First Nations territory etc. and that’s not good.
Let me answer with another question.
Would we need Site C if local solar and geothermal power were supported the way they should be? $8.8B would buy a lot of rebates and incentives to create locally produced power and eliminate the need for power lines by creating micro grids which are much more resilient in the face of increasingly unpredictable and extreme weather events.
Site C seems like the renewable energy option which is most like the fossil fuel model in that it is massive, remote production which is owned by a corporation, even if it is a crown corporation.
I would rather see the dispersal and democratization of renewable energy into our communities with local control, local jobs, and local economic benefits, wouldn’t you?

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James Rowley

James lives in Maple Ridge, BC, Canada with his amazing partner, Leanne Koehn, and their two amazing kids in their beautiful house. He studied Science and English Literature at the University of British Columbia where he met Leanne. He also studied acting for a while at Studio 58 in Vancouver. He works as a teacher of English and curriculum writer for new Canadians.

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