Read it here! Enter case number EA-2014-0207
The citizens of Missouri scored a huge, definitive victory over Grain Belt Express at the recent series of public hearings sponsored by the MO PSC. Thousands of citizens showed up at the hearings, decked out in neon green, and spoke from the heart (transcripts of the public hearings are also available on the MO PSC docket). This is reality.
This is fantasy. In the wake of its public spanking, Grain Belt's super spunky and personable project manager, Mark Lawlor, sent what he characterized as a "press release" to the Caldwell County News. The "press release" contained Mark's revisionist version of the public hearings, to make it seem like Grain Belt didn't get its butt kicked so hard.
The Caldwell County News printed Mark's "press release" in the opinion section as a "Letter to the Editor," where it rightly belongs.
And Clean Line toady Sierra Club came out with its own press release to attempt to make it seem like its members made more of a showing than they really did. This ridiculous article downplays the reality of the crowd in favor of the fantasy of a just a few speakers. This isn't balanced "news," it's one-sided propaganda. The comments on the story expose the fantasy and replace it with reality. Grain Belt's intention to use eminent domain to take private property from Missourians so that it can ship electricity from Kansas to Indiana is "DOA."
But that's not even the half of it. Sierra Club's claims about the wonders of Grain Belt Express are also fantasy. Grain Belt will do little to "move Missouri away from its reliance on coal" when the majority of the electricity on the line will simply pass over Missouri's head on its way to other states. The converter station is called a "token" by Missourians who realize that in order to even be built in the first place this converter station requires Missouri customers to buy the power. There are none. No customers, no converter station! *poof*
Here's a better plan for Missouri: Development of in-state renewables located close to point of use. Increased energy efficiency. Both of these options provide more jobs and economic benefit to Missouri than importing electricity from another state. Importing Clean Line's power EXPORTS Missouri energy dollars to Kansas and other states.
Keep it clean. Keep it local. Keep it smart!