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Suncor risks reputation in fight for green

Chris Cooke — First Monday — April 2, 2013

Suncor Energy can tell us “renewable is part of its integrated energy strategy”.

But the real strategy is to make money. And there is a lot of green in green. And that’s the only reason the energy giant is picking a fight with the residents and municipality of Plympton Wyoming.

Michael Southern, Suncor’s communications manager and general talking head can push the right buttons and say what seem like the right words, but the reality is it’s all about the money. When Suncor can sell wind power into the Ontario grid at twenty times coal – fired energy you know company executives are doing a happy dance all the way to the bank.

How lucrative is it?

Lucrative enough that Suncor is prepared to put its local reputation at risk. Lucrative enough that the company is prepared to put giant wind turbines within sight of million dollar homes along Lake Huron. And Mr. Talking Head can tell those of us interested enough to ask a few questions that its all about renewable energy, being green and dutifully following the Green Energy Act. However, the reality is it is all about the money.

“Rarely” has Suncor challenged a municipal bylaw. Rarely? How about never! One would have to look long and hard to find a challenge of this magnitude. Corporate reputations get thrown to the curb when they challenge municipalities and the thousands of people they represent. Suncor is prepared to go to court to protect a 46 – turbine wind project in Plympton Wyoming. That speaks volumes.  Continue reading, here…..

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