Reporter Danny Henley surely knows
The very ink with which all history is written is merely fluid prejudice.
MARK TWAIN, Following the Equator
To string incongruities and absurdities together in a wandering and sometimes purposeless way, and seem innocently unaware that they are absurdities, is the basis of the American art, if my position is correct.
MARK TWAIN, "How to Tell a Story"
Henley reports that Bob Stevenson read a "memo" he had written to the BPW at the June meeting of the Board, lamenting that Hannibal had missed out on Grain Belt Express "opportunities."
In order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain.
MARK TWAIN, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Bob thinks the project is "moving forward without Hannibal." It's okay, Bob, the project isn't moving anywhere. It can't go anywhere without eminent domain authority from the MO Public Service Commission, and that contract isn't a guarantee of success. In fact, if you would actually read it yourself, Bob, you'd see that it's not even a firm contract, but sort of like a pre-contract, where MJMEUC can back out at any time up to 60 days before Grain Belt Express energizes its line.
Bob also expects to receive an offer from MJMEUC to join its useless pre-contract, even though he chose to wax poetic about missed opportunities at the Board's June meeting. Of course Hannibal is not precluded from buying a paint brush and joining in the whitewashing. It just made better theater to pretend Hannibal has missed some rare opportunity.
Hannibal should beware unsubstantiated claims that Grain Belt Express will save Hannibal (or any other municipality) money. It's clear from GBE's "offer" to MJMEUC that the purported $10M/year savings aren't the result of any "study" by MJMEUC (as falsely reported in the press) but a summary of Clean Line's "preliminary calculations."
Preliminary calculations, assuming existing production tax credits for wind project participation in the project, could reduce costs by as much as $10M/year or $10 per megawatt hour compared to delivery of other wind projects from SPP to MISO.
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
MARK TWAIN, Autobiography
Government is merely a servant – merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn’t. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.
MARK TWAIN, The Bible According to Mark Twain
The harder Bob tries to sell GBE, like the world's worst circus sideshow barker, the more suspicious he looks to the people of Hannibal. Here's what Twain would tell him about his failure:
Its name is Public Opinion. It is held in reverence. It settles everything. Some think it is the voice of God.
MARK TWAIN, Europe and Elsewhere