The state of New York, and twenty-one states altogether, are behind tho American government in the legal battle with Chicago. There are ten states down south that are fighting with Chicago. The case is now before the Supreme Court of the United States, and it is for that court to decide, but why the province of Ontario and the state of New York should not have their own power properly developed is something I cannot understand; I cannot see the logic of it. The state of New York is fighting our battle. They need power just the same as we do, and the state of New York will be entitled to one-half of whatever we get. I think the province of Ontario should get what belongs
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to it, and the state of New York should get what belongs to it.
I have perhaps spoken too long on this matter. I have a feeling that if the engineering statements are correct-and I believe that the best engineers we can secure and the best engineers the United States can secure are right-it is obviously a national crime to both countries for the present state of affairs to continue. The people of this generation in the state of New York and in the province of Ontario, and perhaps elsewhere in Canada and the United States, should have the use of this 3,600,000 horse power a year, or, if you like to put it that way, of this 36,000,000 tons of coal. This power can be produced probably cheaper than any other power that now remains in the world, except, perhaps, the power on the St. Lawrence. Taking the cost of the coal at S10 a ton, it means that we are throwing away $360,000,000 a year through not using this power, or about $1,000,000 a day. That does seem foolish, or crazy, if you want to put it that way, because this is power to which every man and woman in Ontario and Quebec and every man and woman in the state of New York are entitled to have the benefit of. This power belongs to the state of New York and to the province of Ontario, and its development will cheapen production in the state of New York and in this province for every man and every woman in that territory. In the words of Mr. Hoover, it would be a national crime if we did not as soon as possible see what changes can be made. The engineers have admitted that the scenic beauty of the falls can be preserved for all time. It will not longer be committing suicide, as Mr. Hoover describes it, to use this power. The front portion of the Horseshoe falls will have to be raised up with asphalt and other material, so that you will have the same level on our side of the falls as on the American side. To retain the scenic beauty of the falls-and it is disappearing at the rate of eight feet a year-you have to raise the level of the water of the Horseshoe falls and if you do not use that water so raised for power purposes you would flood jhe state of New York and the province of Ontario.
Topic: BOUNDARY WATERS TREATY
Subtopic: DIVERSION OF WATER FROM THE NIAGARA RIVER AND REMEDIAL WORKS