By Mike Thayer
The liberal political outfit, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement - an oxymoron of a name considering what they actually do - is opposing the creation of jobs in 17 counties in Iowa and a healthier state economy.
Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI) launched a petition drive requesting Gov. Terry Branstad to reject a proposed pipeline that would stretch across Iowa carrying crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois.
“It always makes us a little bit nervous when regulatory agencies and out-of-state Fortune 500 corporations are having closed-door, private meetings among themselves,” said CCI spokesman David Goodner.
Note how Goodner's statement intentionally attempts to plant anti-capitalism and anti-Branstad administration seeds, as if Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners who is proposing this project and the Iowa Utilities Board (UIB) are both somehow inherently eeeeevvvvviiiiiilllllll.......
Goodner neglected to mention in his unfounded little "private meetings among themselves" dig, that it's procedure for the company wanting to build something like this does in fact first sit down for an informal meeting with the Iowa Utilities Board. It's the first step. Goodner also failed to make mention of how the IUB has kept both the Governor's office and the media (and hence the public) in the loop.
Background: David Goodner is a professional protester, that's what he gets paid to do and he's been detained/arrested by police not just for being disruptive and over the top at protest sites, but for posession of drugs as well. Related: Professional Protester David Goodner Arrested on Drug Charges
So under the guise of saving the planet, Goodner and his liberal organization are opposing the creation of good paying jobs in Iowa and they're neglecting the environment to boot! In their zeal to protest something for the sake of protest, it hasn't dawned on them that putting that oil on rail cars - which is currently happening in transporting that oil from North Dakota to Illinois - is a much higher risk to the environment than a pipeline is.