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Vivek Ramaswamy: No eminent domain for carbon pipelines – Quad-City Times

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During a GOP presidential debate hosted by NBC, things heated up when Republican presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy referred to Nikki Haley’s daughter in his response about his use of TikTok.
DES MOINES — Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy took aim this week at the proposed construction of carbon capture pipelines in Iowa, criticizing Iowa Republican leaders who he said are supporting the projects against the wishes of Iowa voters.
Ramaswamy will hold an event on Friday with the Free Soil Coalition focused on the issue, inviting supporters of the pipeline to attend and make their case for the projects.
“I think that we’re best served when we have open dialogue and debate about important issues that affect our citizens, and so I welcome that, and hopefully we’ll have some people who take me up on the offer to give people a respectful opportunity to make the case,” he said in an interview.
The Ohio biotech entrepreneur raised his opposition to the pipelines at a campaign office opening on Tuesday, though he said he’d been opposing the projects since he began his presidential campaign.
Ramaswamy said the issue of eminent domain, the seizure of private land for public use, drove him to shine a spotlight on the issue.
“The fact that it was now affecting people in their backyards through the use of eminent domain, I think, was something that alerted me early in this campaign to this being a problem,” he said.
GOP candidate Vivek Ramaswamy speaks at a rally held at the Hilton Garden Inn on Saturday, November 18, 2023, in Bettendorf. 
Pipelines have been proposed to capture carbon dioxide at ethanol plants in Iowa and elsewhere and store it in reservoirs underground, which would lower the fuel’s carbon intensity and allow it to be sold in low-carbon markets. Proposed pipelines would stretch across hundreds of miles of Iowa land, requiring the companies to obtain voluntary easements or employ eminent domain to build on private land.
Ramaswamy also suggested Iowa Republican leaders are backing the projects despite opposition from voters. In a post on X, he said presidential candidates tend to avoid the topic “because it makes the likes of (Gov. Kim Reynolds) look horrible for supporting it.”
The GOP establishment does NOT approve of this message & it’s pathetic I’m the only candidate with the stones to say it:
The climate change agenda is a hoax & it’s hurting farmers in Iowa. Here’s how: the U.S. government enacted crony subsidies to reward those who build CO₂… pic.twitter.com/q3h02UwKeo
“The people of the state deserve to hear from their leadership where they stand on this issue, and I think it’s shameful that they’re hiding from it,” he said.
A representative for Reynolds declined to comment.
Iowa’s Republican leaders have been split on the issue of eminent domain for the projects. Iowa House leaders proposed and passed a bill in this year’s legislative session that would have restricted the use of eminent domain for the projects, but the Senate did not consider the bill.
Reynolds has been publicly supportive of the projects and their potential to bolster Iowa’s ethanol industry, saying she supports the current laws dictating the regulatory process.

Summit Carbon Solutions and Wolf Carbon Solutions have both proposed carbon capture pipelines that cover Iowa land. A third proposed project by Navigator CO2 Ventures was scrapped last month as the company cited the “unpredictable nature” of the regulatory process.
A sign reading “No CO2, no eminent domain” stands along a rural road east of Bismarck, North Dakota, on Aug. 15, 2023. Navigator CO2 Ventures on Friday said it would cancel its plans for a 1,300-mile pipeline across five Midwestern states to gather carbon dioxide emissions from ethanol plants and bury the gas deep underground. 
Summit, which has asked for eminent domain authority, is awaiting a decision from the Iowa Utilities Board over their application for the pipeline. Wolf has said it does not intend to use eminent domain to build its pipeline, and recently asked to resubmit its application in Illinois.
Other candidates have staked out different claims on the issue. Former President Donald Trump, who as president signed legislation to support carbon capture technology and extend tax credits for the projects, told voters in Council Bluffs, “We’re working on that” in response to a question about the pipelines, according to NBC News.
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, whose state would house Summit’s storage reservoir, has been a major supporter of the projects and said they could transform the agriculture economy for Iowa and other Midwestern states. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley have both expressed skepticism of the use of eminent domain for the projects.
Carbon capture and storage has been floated as a climate change solution to reduce carbon emissions, but some environmentalists argue the technology is an ineffective climate solution that props up fossil fuels.
While Ramaswamy has acknowledged climate change is being caused by human activity, he has been critical of efforts to combat rising temperatures, often referring to what he calls the “climate change agenda” as a “hoax.”
Iowa ethanol industry leaders say the technology will be vital to ethanol’s continued success, opening up the fuel to countries and states that have low-carbon standards for liquid fuel.
In a statement, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw accused Ramaswamy of hypocrisy, pointing out his criticism over President Joe Biden shutting down the Keystone XL pipeline, which also used eminent domain to secure its route.
“Iowans are tired of seeing politicians bow down to petroleum companies while finding excuses to hamstring the future of agriculture,” Shaw said. “Unfortunately, these are the typical games we’ve come to expect from politicians running on fumes.”
Ramaswamy said he is not opposed to the ethanol industry and suggested ethanol manufacturers can use other technology to decarbonize without using eminent domain.
“I would say they’re short-changing the ethanol industry by claiming that somehow the ethanol industry needs these carbon dioxide pipelines, when in fact, methanol conversion or other alternatives could even provide them the access to the same subsidies, but without encroaching on farmers’ land without the use of eminent domain.”
The southeast path is the preferred trunkline route. The northeast path is the preferred lateral route. 
Attendees look over a map of the proposed Wolf Carbon Solutions pipeline, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, at the Adler Theater in Davenport. The proposed carbon dioxide pipeline that would connect ADM plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton to an underground storage site in central Illinois slated to go through Clinton and Scott counties.
David Schmunk, president of Wolf Carbon Solutions, speaks during a public information meeting on a proposed Wolf Carbon Solutions pipeline, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, at the Adler Theater in Davenport. The proposed carbon dioxide pipeline that would connect ADM plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton to an underground storage site in central Illinois slated to go through Clinton and Scott counties.
Nick Noppinger, senior vice president of corporate development at Wolf Carbon Solutions, speaks during a public information meeting on a proposed Wolf Carbon Solutions pipeline, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, at the Adler Theater in Davenport. The proposed carbon dioxide pipeline that would connect ADM plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton to an underground storage site in central Illinois slated to go through Clinton and Scott counties.
Jeff Cook, an attorney with the Iowa Office of Consumer Advocate, speaks during a public information meeting on a proposed Wolf Carbon Solutions pipeline Wednesday at the Adler Theater in Davenport. 
Geri Huser, Iowa Utilities Board Chair, speaks during a public information meeting on a proposed Wolf Carbon Solutions pipeline, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, at the Adler Theater in Davenport. The proposed carbon dioxide pipeline that would connect ADM plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton to an underground storage site in central Illinois slated to go through Clinton and Scott counties.
David Schmunk, president of Wolf Carbon Solutions, speaks during a public information meeting on a proposed Wolf Carbon Solutions pipeline, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, at the Adler Theater in Davenport. The proposed carbon dioxide pipeline that would connect ADM plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton to an underground storage site in central Illinois slated to go through Clinton and Scott counties.
Nick Noppinger, senior vice president of corporate development at Wolf Carbon Solutions, speaks during a public information meeting on a proposed Wolf Carbon Solutions pipeline, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, at the Adler Theater in Davenport. The proposed carbon dioxide pipeline that would connect ADM plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton to an underground storage site in central Illinois slated to go through Clinton and Scott counties.
Scott County Supervisor Ken Croken asks a question during a public information meeting on a proposed Wolf Carbon Solutions pipeline Wednesday at the Adler Theater in Davenport. The proposed carbon dioxide pipeline that would connect ADM plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton to an underground storage site in central Illinois slated to go through Clinton and Scott counties.
Gail Beech, an attorney with Iowa Utilities Board , speaks during a public information meeting on a proposed Wolf Carbon Solutions pipeline, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, at the Adler Theater in Davenport. The proposed carbon dioxide pipeline that would connect ADM plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton to an underground storage site in central Illinois slated to go through Clinton and Scott counties.
Inside the Adler Theater during a public information meeting on a proposed Wolf Carbon Solutions pipeline, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, in Davenport. The proposed carbon dioxide pipeline that would connect ADM plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton to an underground storage site in central Illinois slated to go through Clinton and Scott counties.
Gail Beech, an attorney with Iowa Utilities Board , speaks during a public information meeting on a proposed Wolf Carbon Solutions pipeline, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, at the Adler Theater in Davenport. The proposed carbon dioxide pipeline that would connect ADM plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton to an underground storage site in central Illinois slated to go through Clinton and Scott counties.
Geri Huser, Iowa Utilities Board Chair, speaks during a public information meeting on a proposed Wolf Carbon Solutions pipeline, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, at the Adler Theater in Davenport. The proposed carbon dioxide pipeline that would connect ADM plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton to an underground storage site in central Illinois slated to go through Clinton and Scott counties.
David Schmunk, president of Wolf Carbon Solutions, speaks during a public information meeting on a proposed Wolf Carbon Solutions pipeline, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, at the Adler Theater in Davenport. The proposed carbon dioxide pipeline that would connect ADM plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton to an underground storage site in central Illinois slated to go through Clinton and Scott counties.
David Schmunk, president of Wolf Carbon Solutions, speaks during a public information meeting on a proposed Wolf Carbon Solutions pipeline, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, at the Adler Theater in Davenport. The proposed carbon dioxide pipeline that would connect ADM plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton to an underground storage site in central Illinois slated to go through Clinton and Scott counties.
David Schmunk, president of Wolf Carbon Solutions, speaks during a public information meeting on a proposed Wolf Carbon Solutions pipeline, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, at the Adler Theater in Davenport. The proposed carbon dioxide pipeline that would connect ADM plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton to an underground storage site in central Illinois slated to go through Clinton and Scott counties.
Jeff Cook, an attorney with the Iowa Office of Consumer Advocate, speaks during a public information meeting on a proposed Wolf Carbon Solutions pipeline, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, at the Adler Theater in Davenport. The proposed carbon dioxide pipeline that would connect ADM plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton to an underground storage site in central Illinois slated to go through Clinton and Scott counties.
Nick Noppinger, senior vice president of corporate development at Wolf Carbon Solutions, speaks during a public information meeting on a proposed Wolf Carbon Solutions pipeline, Wednesday at the Adler Theater in Davenport. The proposed carbon dioxide pipeline that would connect ADM plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton to an underground storage site in central Illinois slated to go through Clinton and Scott counties.
A map of the preliminary pipeline route is displayed during a public information meeting on a proposed Wolf Carbon Solutions pipeline, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, at the Adler Theater in Davenport. The proposed carbon dioxide pipeline that would connect ADM plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton to an underground storage site in central Illinois slated to go through Clinton and Scott counties.
David Schmunk, president of Wolf Carbon Solutions, speaks during a public information meeting on a proposed Wolf Carbon Solutions pipeline, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, at the Adler Theater in Davenport. The proposed carbon dioxide pipeline that would connect ADM plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton to an underground storage site in central Illinois slated to go through Clinton and Scott counties.
Geri Huser, Iowa Utilities Board Chair, speaks during a public information meeting on a proposed Wolf Carbon Solutions pipeline, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, at the Adler Theater in Davenport. The proposed carbon dioxide pipeline that would connect ADM plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton to an underground storage site in central Illinois slated to go through Clinton and Scott counties.

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During a GOP presidential debate hosted by NBC, things heated up when Republican presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy referred to Nikki Haley’…

GOP candidate Vivek Ramaswamy speaks at a rally held at the Hilton Garden Inn on Saturday, November 18, 2023, in Bettendorf. 
A sign reading “No CO2, no eminent domain” stands along a rural road east of Bismarck, North Dakota, on Aug. 15, 2023. Navigator CO2 Ventures on Friday said it would cancel its plans for a 1,300-mile pipeline across five Midwestern states to gather carbon dioxide emissions from ethanol plants and bury the gas deep underground. 
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