City Council made right decision on solar grant

March 14, 2013 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated March 13, 2013 at 10:14 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

Kudos to the Victoria City Council! Their decision to not apply for a federal grant of borrowed money to "spend" on solar technology was wise and considerate. Solar technology is nowhere near cost effective, let alone a positive "investment" for our community. Hopefully, our city council's performance on this issue will be among many considerate future decisions for Victoria that simply say enough of this nonsense!

Spending tax money on bad programs and expecting our grandchildren to pay for them has to stop!

The Advocate's editorial regarding the City Council decision on experimental solar power was unfair and irresponsible. Further, deriding five of seven wise members of the council who chose to follow their own principles and sound reasoning in abstaining from this government hog trough (subsidy) was disappointing. You were wrong in your criticisms and wrong in your analysis of the issues. Today, solar energy is simply not a viable, cost effective alternative. To suggest that we should apply for government tax subsidies simply because "someone else will spend it if we don't" is irrational and irresponsible! I doubt that the Advocate would invest money on such reckless projects and then expect someone else to pick up the bill.

Harvey Smith, Victoria



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