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Not so!

Ince denies land purchase for Cahill

Government Senator Jepter Ince today denied that 27.1 acres of land, which Government is compulsorily acquiring at Vaucluse, St Thomas, would be used to accommodate the controversial Cahill waste-to-energy project.

Speaking during the Senate debate on a Resolution authorizing the land purchase to facilitate the implementation and execution of the Sanitation Service Authority’s Green Energy Programme, Ince said: “The purpose of this compulsory acquisition is not to speak about Cahill.”

Ince, the parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, said the acquisition was to support Government’s programme of diversifying the energy sector and restructuring the local economy.

“When we look at the cost of energy from 1995, the energy sector has to be diversified,” he said.

He added: “In 2012, our import bill was over $800 million. In 2011, it was over $700 million, an increase of $19.7 million. If you are managing a country, things like that impact on every sector. If you are managing a country and you see this trend, are you going to sit idly by? If we say we want to reduce our dependence on fossil fuel, we must look at alternative sources of energy.”

“It is clear that anyone who can say to me that Barbados does not need a green energy programme or there is no need to diversify the energy sector, [is] not looking at the future welfare of the country,” he went on.

“Ask the question, who identified Vaucluse as the site for a landfill and the building out of SBRC [Sustainable Barbados Recycling Centre]? Who identified Vaucluse as the location for waste management?”

Ince noted that as a result of the increasing use of renewable energy, some former customers of the Barbados Light & Power Company were no longer paying bills to that company.

“The BLP [Barbados Labour Party] initiated the diversification of the energy sector and the current administration is continuing the drive with its Green Energy programme. It will move the country forward. It is in the national interest,” he said.

6 Responses to Not so!

  1. dave November 5, 2015 at 6:58 am

    This is a Govt that cannot be trusted.
    The best thing to do is to start over
    Please call elections and give us the chance
    To get rid of the worst Govt in our history
    Please !!!

    • Wayne Dread November 5, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      Why don’t you call for a rebellion and discontinue the democratic process that our county is governed by?

  2. Angela Thompson Branch
    Angela Thompson Branch November 5, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Words cannot be taken back ,just remember.

  3. jrsmith November 5, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Why the government is spending all this time on green energy , when , Barbados light and power, suppose to be in the process of developing a solar farm. try putting some effort into getting bajans back to work. you don’t have the financial ability, and more so , the only interested parties , who would finance this renewable energy farce , is large corporates, who is thinking only of they share holders.

  4. Tony Webster November 5, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Methinks…the Honourable gentleman..who undoubtedly lives right there on Truth Street, up Integrity Alley, and worships at the Amen Church five times daily….that if he is quoted accurately… he most likely has accidentally “mis-spoken” on this item.

  5. Bernard codrington. November 5, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    What is the social and national objective of the GOB energy policy? Is it concern for global warming? Is it to reduce the cost of energy? How does that fit in with exploiting our Economic zone for fossil fuel? Is the present green energy cost effective? Where is the cost benefit analysis?


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