Carbon pipelines are dangerous in many ways; we can oppose them together

These pipelines will further entrench our producers in the agricultural status quo of ethanol, while uncertainty in the industry shows we need more flexibility to meet our future energy challenges.

Ryan Melton Guest columnist Ames Tribune 12.14.23

Since announcing my first run for Congress in January 2022, I’ve spoken with many Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, and independents alike. One of the greatest concerns among them all is the looming threat of carbon capture pipelines that Bruce Rastetter’s Summit and other companies want to lay across our state.

Their concern, and mine, is that these companies are lobbying our state government to use eminent domain to take our land without our consent, then use it to plant these pipelines. They endanger our public health from risk of fracture, exhaust the water in our state when we are already struggling with water availability due to years of drought, and waste taxpayer money on false climate change technology with a long record of failure, while shackling our producers to an uncertain ethanol market amid the electrification of our vehicle fleet.