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The $2.5 billion "SOO Green" project has succeeded thus far where others have failed for two key reasons: It will run underground -- meaning no eyesore overhead wiring -- and it will be placed along the preexisting Canadian Pacific Railway, largely sidestepping eminent domain disputes with landowners.

"The future is now, and now is the time to build out a national electric grid that can deliver clean energy to the cities and towns that need it," Direct Connect CEO Trey Ward told CNN. "It will be the largest infrastructure project of our lifetime and it will be good for our children."

Watch this video. No need to wait for the politicians of either party. Great projects, like SOO Green, that make sense and deliver value to customers will get built.

Note that undergrounding and RR right of way make the routing and permitting of this project so much easier by eliminating major challenges with better planning and design! A “new paradigm” of thinking. 

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Bob Meinetz on Jun 12, 2021

Mike, "SOO Green" sounds like an attempt by SOO Line Railway to greenwash* the shipment of DRUbit - a "propietary heavy Canadian crude oil specifically designed for rail transportation."

The timing would be appropriate. Construction of DRU, a diluent recovery unit near Hardisty, Alberta that makes DRUbit, was expected to come online in mid-2021, and was intended to "mesh" with less pipeline capacity after the expected cancellation of Keystone XL:

"For crude by rail, we are seeing increased activity as price spreads have become more favorable," said Canadian Pacific Railway Executive Vice President John Brooks.

Canadian rails see crude increasing on Keystone XL cancellation

*"disinformation disseminated by an organization so as to present an environmentally responsible public image."

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Mark Silverstone on Jun 15, 2021

"Both parties have green infrastructure support systems that could be in a final bill, so I'm not going to sit here and say that I am completely for the Republican plan or opposed to the Biden plan," Kaufmann told CNN. "I just think that the best plan is what we do here in Iowa, which is when everybody has some input and everybody gets on board."

Do we dare hope that, in the process of developing this project, the result is a giant step forward in both decarbonization and uniting the country?

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