Michael: tunnels’ cost-benefit analysis is rigged

Proponents of the peripheral tunnels weren’t even going to do a common-sense cost-benefit analysis of the collossal project. Public opinion forced them to. That is only rational for such a big and divisive investment. What will we pay? What will we get?

Delta residents, soured into cynicism, worried this analysis would be rigged to support a peripheral tunnel. Many believe the tunnels are the state’s pre-ordained outcome, one the rest of the processes are created to rubber-stamp. 

Now UOP’s Jeffrey Michael says that is exactly what is happening. 

“I am left with the impression that they (the cost-benefit analysts) are not responsive to feedback, and that the analysis is not really directed by the economists or established benefit-cost principles,” Michaels writes. “It is directed by Jerry Meral, the Governor’s chief advisor on the BDCP, who is not fair and impartial, let alone qualified to direct benefit-cost analysis.  He has a clear mission to implement the Governor’s vision for the twin tunnels, and he is keeping the consultants on a short leash.”

Just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you. Read Michaels’ blog here.

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