I had occasion yesterday to download a few of the public comment collections (gathered by week submitted), and I gotta say how impressed I am at the well-written knowledgeable comments that have been submitted. They are original and they come from the heart, and most importantly, they are nearly devoid of the infamous "misinformation."
The Block leaders in Arkansas and Oklahoma have done an amazing job disseminating accurate information, which shines out from each and every individual comment. Congratulations, well done! There's nothing a volunteer transmission opposition leader values more than to hear their message repeated over and over again by complete strangers without losing anything in the translation. When Clean Line created that information void by failing to adequately notify affected communities, the people filled it quite nicely.
After downloading and reading 3 weeks worth of comments, I noted that I only came across 4 comments in support of the project -- all from what we've termed MIMPSYs (Money In My Pocket, Screw You!) A MIMPSY can't see the transmission line from his house, and is more concerned with his own immediate financial prospects than the future of a community. A MIMPSY has no empathy for others. A MIMPSY is only interested in how much he can profit from the project in the short term. Some MIMPSYs gleefully toss their neighbors under the bus on the mere promise of future wealth, that may never materialize. These are the saddest of the bunch.
Three of the MIMPSYs whose comments I read yesterday did nothing but copy & paste Clean Line talking points into their own comments. I'm sure they will be given appropriate weight against the hundreds, thousands, of individually-written, heart felt comments of the people. The fourth MIMPSY-missive used faulty grammar and faulty logic to assure the DOE that the folks opposed to the line will "get used to it."
Clean line energy is apart of America's future. Many people came from other parts of the
nation to Morrilton, Arkansas to participate in a meeting about the project [name removed to protect the ignorant from public ridicule].
Many things have changed in Little Rock, Arkansas. The interstate and the airport were apart of Little Rock's future that required change. Some people had to relocate because of the expansion, airplanes come and go, and some people have to live with the noise.
Our company is near the airport and interstate. As Little Rock expanded we had to expand and we are now accustomed and familiar with change. We fully understand that change is a good thing when it is about improving our way of life, now and for future generations.
The comment period is open until April 20th. Be sure to become a part of this incredible uprising of the people by submitting your own comment here.