Is SD GOP Chair Dan Lederman pushing for a Carbon Pipeline across South Dakota?

Besides the fact that he seems to be lobbying for the State of Iowa at the detriment of South Dakotans, why is he presenting this to the Minnehaha CC?

REGULAR BUSINESS:
10) Briefing on the Summit Carbon Solutions Pipeline – Dan Lederman

A MC Commissioner I talked with has NO idea what Iowa Dan will be presenting, but he has a pretty good guess;

Summit Carbon Solutions, the Alden company owned by Bruce Rastetter’s Summit Agricultural Group, proposes building a 710-mile underground pipeline that would extend into or through 30 of the state’s 99 counties.

Summit plans to capture the carbon dioxide emissions from ethanol and other industrial agricultural plants before they’re released into the atmosphere and contribute to global warming. The company will compress the emissions into a liquid so it can be transported to North Dakota, where it will be injected in underground rock formations for permanent storage.

So how do you get this crud to North Dakota? Well, you would most likely have to build a pipeline from Iowa through South Dakota. Bring in Iowa Dan.

The company says it has agreements to sequester carbon emissions from 31 Midwestern ethanol plants. In addition to Iowa — the nation’s largest producer of ethanol — Summit Carbon plans to run the pipeline into Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota.

While some would argue this is a great idea I have an even better one, stop using fossil fuels and ethanol and invest in clean energy. The technology already exists where you could run most if not all autos, trucks, semis and trains on electric and they are working on the technology for airplanes also. The electricity could come from investing in wind, solar, hydro and even nuclear energy. We don’t need to make more bio fuels which I have argued takes food out of hungry mouths and doesn’t produce enough return on energy. Ethanol is a big scam, always has been.

But I still wonder why the Chair of the SD GOP is promoting an Iowa business that is interested in running a hazardous waste pipeline through our state. I have argued for a long time that South Dakota Republican lawmakers are consistently working against the interests of hard working residents and baffled why they keep getting elected and now the leader of that party in South Dakota is proving that once again.



6 comments ↓

#1 Fear & Loathing in South Dakota on 10.02.21 at 5:51 pm

I have a better idea. Let’s compress the bullshit from the SD GOP and turn it into a liquid, then ship it by pipeline to either Wyoming or Nebraska.

If it ever springs a leak in SD, we’ll call it a geyser, turn it into a tourist trap, sell some “Shxt Happens!” t-shirts, and call it economic development.

#2 "Woodstock" on 10.02.21 at 5:55 pm

“I prefer the sucking machine idea, where some huge sucking machines take the carbon out of the air”… “My only fear though is that they might suck drones into their internal abyss causing my Domino’s Pizzas to never be delivered”…. “Because if you think one bar on your phone sucks”…. “Imagine living in an area that really sucks”….

#3 D@ily Spin on 10.02.21 at 6:36 pm

The place for methane pipelines is west Texas and SE. New Mexico. Methane is abundant and gets burned off into the air. There’s more market in the southwest. Piped into North Dakota wells will force more oil pressure but it’d still get burned off. This idea is ludicrous, unprofitable, and not environmentally friendly. It’s a play for lobbyist profit and political confusion.

#4 Further Fear & Loathing on 10.03.21 at 5:13 am

We’ve come a long ways, haven’t we? Janklow once had his coal slurry pipeline idea where he wanted to take water from the Missouri and mix it with coal, then send this slurry to out-of-state coal firing plants where it would be resolidified for use.

Now, some forty years later, the GOP wants to reverse the motion by taking carbon out of the air, mix it with water, and then ship it to North Dakota via a pipeline to be buried in rock formations.

If this carbon where to then seep into a North Dakota water table, however, could it then be shipped via a pipeline and eventually resolidified as a carbon to be used by fire burning coal plants? Because if you ask me, I wouldn’t put it past the GOP. #SoHowFarHaveWeCome? #CircularTheoryOfHistory

#5 The Guy From Guernsey on 10.04.21 at 10:21 pm

Methane is a more potent greenhouse gas than is carbon dioxide.
Suggest that organizers consider to gather excess intestinal gas and process in the same manner.
Lederman will not disappoint and should provide a rich initial supply of this gas at the Council meeting this week.

#6 Fearing the Fuhrer & More on 10.05.21 at 1:10 pm

I once bought gas at Dakota Dunes. They had a lot of it.