Remember when Clean Line pretended it wasn't behind an "independent" coalition of "activists, vendors and industry leaders" to serve as a “go-between” to bridge some of the disagreements between land owners and the Clean Line developers, and called its scheme "Windward Iowa?"
Nobody believed it.
Recently, a series of public interest programs presented by the Butler County (Iowa) Democratic Party concluded with a panel discussion about the Rock Island Clean Line.
The panelists included the President of Windward Iowa, Craig Lang, who supports wind power and the building of new electrical infrastructure to carry it; Ted Junker of the Preservation of Rural Iowa Alliance, who is opposed to the transmission line and the use of eminent domain to build it; and Nathaniel Baer from the Iowa Environmental Council.
During the discussion, an audience member asked Lang where he got his funding for the Windward Iowa organization. Mr. Lang said that the majority of the funding came from Rock Island Clean Line, with only a few small donations coming from other sources. Mr. Lang further shared that funding for Windward Iowa has pretty much dried up now.
So, wait a tick, does this mean that Windward Iowa is nothing but a front for Clean Line?
Was the Center for Rural Affairs in on the scheme when it wrote:
Craig Lang of the Windward Iowa has written in support of the project, citing the benefits to wind energy development in the state. An Iowa coalition that supports increased wind energy development in the state. The group--Windward Iowa--also supports increased transmission development as an essential part of new renewable development.
And what exactly did RICL-funded Mr. Lang mean when he said:
As an Iowa resident who understands the importance of agriculture in our communities, I appreciate Clean Line Energy for taking every possible step to ensure that the planned transmission line route has a minimal impact on farmland and homes.
As a farmer and an Iowan, I think it is reasonable to ask a small group of individuals to give back in order to benefit our whole state and the nation
And speaking of Windward Iowa, where the Clean Line funding has dried up...
Who's paying the bill to keep its website online?
And who's being paid to manipulate the puppet strings on Windward Iowa's Facebook page?
Who would be paid to answer the phone if you called Windward Iowa at 515-802-6986?
And who's paying The Prairie Strategy Group for their recent projects?
And who continues to pee on Iowa's leg and tell them it's raining?
Stop it, Clean Line. You're just embarrassing yourself at this point. Like I said, you've got to get up pretty early in the morning to fool a farmer (especially with a fake coalition led by another farmer being funded by a corporation for his support).