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Wednesday, August 12, 2009 

A Right Wing Corporate Media Bias Exists In Saskatchewan

Don't for one second believe that the big players in Saskatchewan's corporate media (Leader-Post, Star Phoenix, CTV and Global) are neutral disseminators of the 'news' in Saskatchewan. They are not! They continue to demonstrate a strong pro- Sask. Party bent by ignoring everything except what falls from the mouth of Mr. Wall.

Case in point ... I found an interesting news release yesterday issued by the New Democratic Caucus concerning wind power and the fact that Wall and Co. are ignoring any alternatives to their desired nuclear power generation for the future of Saskatchewan's power needs.

A scan of Saskatchewan's MSM shows that our big corporate media players are completely ignoring anything but what Brad Wall's minions spoon feed them.

August 11, 2009

Wall Government Falling Behind on Wind Power

NDP Leader Dwain Lingenfelter today questioned the Wall government’s inaction on wind power in Saskatchewan, noting the province is falling behind other jurisdictions which are rapidly expanding electrical generation from this cost-effective source of renewable energy.

The Canadian Wind Energy Association expects up to fifteen wind power projects to be completed this year, with a total capacity of more than 650 Megawatts. These projects are in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Another thirty-two wind power projects are in the advanced planning stages or under construction.

“Saskatchewan used to be one of Canada’s wind power leaders, but under the Wall government, we’re becoming a laggard,” Lingenfelter said. “Between 2002 and 2006, the former NDP government built 172 Megawatts of wind power capacity—enough electricity to power more than 73,000 homes. Brad Wall hasn’t built a single new Megawatt in the last two years.”

The NDP Leader noted that Saskatchewan also trails its American neighbors in wind power production. Wind power accounted for 42% of all new electric generating capacity in the United States last year, with 8,558 Megawatts of new wind capacity added. Two American states, Iowa (13.3%) and Minnesota (10.4%) now get more than 10% of their electrical power from wind and six American utilities now have more than 10% of their total generation coming from wind power projects. Meanwhile, wind power is still just 4% of SaskPower’s electrical generation.

Lingenfelter also noted that many private sector companies, including Nexen, have developed major wind power projects.

“Other jurisdictions are doing it. The private sector is on side. And Saskatchewan already has a history of investing in wind power that we can build upon. There’s simply no excuse for Saskatchewan falling behind on wind power,” Lingenfelter concluded.


For further information, please contact:
NDP Caucus Office - (306) 787- 7388

I guess the Athabasca uranium mining region is to Sask what the oilsands are to Alberta. No matter what the environmental problems, the provincial government will do anything short of murder to support it.

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