On Thursday 11/12, I-Renew Vice President of the Board, Don White provided the following testimony during public comments at the hearing for the proposed Bakken pipeline.
The Iowa Renewable Energy Association is a statewide 501(c)3 education nonprofit organization. Our mission is to make renewable energy the primary source of energy in Iowa. Support of the Bakken pipeline undermines this mission. We oppose any kind of infrastructure for fossil fuels for three main reasons:
- Burning fossil fuels pollutes the atmosphere with greenhouse gases, causing climate change. This puts Iowa crops, property owners, and wildlife at risk from weather related disasters and volatile climate changes. The bottom line is, our carbon cycle is way out of whack and we need to leave fossil fuels in the ground.
- Fossil fuels are a finite resource. It doesn’t make economic sense to develop infrastructure for a resource that will soon be depleted. Iowa needs to invest in the future, not the past. Prolonging our dependence on fossil fuels hurts everyone except for those who own controlling shares in that industry.
- We have a portfolio of alternatives to fossil fuels that will provide Iowans with long-term economic opportunities. Carbon-free renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and geothermal will continue creating new jobs long after oil reserves have dried up. These economic engines will grow the Iowa economy and reduce carbon greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change. Some technologies, such as distributive power, are already cost-competitive with conventional power.