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Rock Island Clean Line’s ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ will really only benefit Rock Island Clean Line

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 5:00 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

In response to Mayor Bob Tackitt of Flora, Illinois’s contention that there is an “enormous amount of misinformation” about Rock Island Clean Line’s use of Illinois companies and products for their proposed power line on the Jan. 10 Opinion page, it’s always important to keep one’s perspective on the big-picture projects such as these.

With all due respect, I sympathize with the mayor and the plight of a great many small towns in this state that see the economic windfall that a project like this could bring to their own town and its residents.

No one is denying that fact. But for what? One has to take in account the project itself, and Rock Island Clean Line’s proposed power line from Iowa to Morris is just another “Bridge to Nowhere.” It just isn’t needed.

We are now experiencing wholesale energy prices that are at an almost two-decade low, in an area that has ample resources for energy production.

The Wall Street Journal even recently published an article; “U.S. Electricity Use On The Wane” (1/2/13). We have become more efficient in our use of electricity, as well as manufacturing better appliances and lighting.

Understandably, Mayor Tackitt only see’s the economic benefit that this power line could bring to his own town, some 320 miles from it’s proposed location. But the big picture is this power line is not needed here.

Rock Island Clean Line only wants to build this “Bridge To Nowhere” for their own economic benefit and at our expense.

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