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IRP2010 – DoE’s extending the period to comment, is it all for show?

I have just been at a talk by the DoE about the IRP2010, and the speaker, during the question and answer session, said that it doesn’t matter if the allocated time for public comment is extended by one month or even two months, we (meaning civil society I assume) would never be able to understand it sufficiently anyway.
If that’s his point of view it makes you wonder how seriously the DoE is going to take anyone’s comments regarding how we view government’s energy plan for the next 20 years.
He also said that the government is firmly committed to the nuclear path, which also makes you wonder, since there has, up until now, been hardly any public participation, how seriously they’re going to take South African concerns about nuclear. 
Is it all just lip service?