Though he had reservations, Gnarley made certain that I understood, even his ‘modest’ proposal contained a significant qualifier: Nalcor must purchase access to 250-350 MWs from Hydro Quebec. Together with the balance of ‘recall’ power from the Upper Churchill, of about 80MWs, the cost of which is small, might, he suggested, “and I emphasize, might, justify such an expensive transmission link to the island”.The proposal had its face saving elements which Gnarley knew would have to be offered. Some politicians would ‘go down with the ship’, he suggested, rather than acknowledge they had made a grievous error in judgement.
Though he was a skilled Economist and retired University Professor, Uncle Gnarley had spent many a summer plying the waters off Petty Harbour, as a fisherman. For him, turbulence, breaking waves and an unforgiving coastline were acceptable risks, though measureable when prudently assessed. Those who conjured up Muskrat Falls were landlubbers, he suggested, for whom even the crises in Greece barely served as a metaphor for peril. For Uncle Gnarley, Muskrat Falls, wore all the hallmarks of impending disaster.“Just a drop”, Nav, as I offered to re-fill his glass. I wish to be clear about my conclusions.