Minnesota – ALJ Recommends Zumbro Dam Route — 1 Comment

  1. This project is part of a nation-wide push for a high capacity “super highway” to shove energy around, buying and selling it as a commodity.It doesn’t really have anything to do with regional energy needs, in fact, it enables more energy manipulation (as has been documented with what Enron did to California). Segments like Wisconsin’s Arrowhead-Weston line, the proposed Badger Coulee Line, and Minnesota’s and Wisconsin’s CapX 20-20, are all part of that larger picture. They are all being presented as necessary, when they’re not, as beneficial to local economies, when they often have nothing to do with local economies, passing over many areas to connect western suppliers with Eastern metro areas, and ignoring alternatives arising from conservation and local upgrades because they don’t fit into the big picture of marketing energy like soybeans or corn. In addition, in this age of money influencing government, the various energy companies that are trying to get these lines built, are leveraging state governments to give them their way, and narrowing further and further the windows of citizen input and control on these projects. For instance, the Arrowhead -Weston line was nearly stopped by citizen opposition to the line crossing public lands, when the Wisconsin State Legislature gave the American Transmission Company the power to condemn public lands, just as it had already had the power to condemn private property. The current administration of Governor Scott Walker is totally in sympathy with these corporate goals, and against the democratic idea of citizens determining the future of their own area, their own property, their own lives. Worse yet, Walker and his administration fits into a nation-wide agenda of corporate interests trying to shift the aim of government from benefiting citizens, to benefiting corporations. For the sake of democracy, this is a trend which must be stopped by citizen action.

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