The Republican leaders of the Senate and House are split on whether the Iowa Republicans running Summit Carbon Solutions ought to be able to seize land for their carbon dioxide pipeline via eminent domain. Senate boss Lee Schoenbeck (R-5/Lake Kampeska) has said eminent domain for this waste disposal project is as essential for the public good as eminent domain for roads and power and water lines. But House Majority Leader Will Mortenson (R-24/Pierre) reiterated his position for KELO-TV yesterday that CO2 pipelines don’t qualify for eminent domain:
“I continue to believe that these carbon pipelines aren’t common carriers, aren’t carrying commodities, and should not have the ability to use eminent domain to take land,” Mortenson, a lawyer and life-long rancher, said [Bob Mercer, “Blast at Onida Ethanol Plant Hasn’t Shifted CO2 Dispute,” KELO-TV, 2023.07.10].
Senator Schoenbeck says the argument that carbon dioxide pipelines don’t deserve the power of eminent domain is “just stupid“. I wonder if he thinks the argument sounds “just stupid” when it comes from his generally intelligent and reliable House counterpart Representative Mortenson.