Clean Line and its grandstanding "attorney" have made an absolute media circus out of what was supposed to be a respectful, serious, court proceeding. And you know what happens when the circus comes to town... there will be clowns.
Like these two clowns. I'm not sure which one is funnier... the wide-eyed, breathless twit of a reporter, or the condescending anchorwoman. Neither one of these clowns has the first clue what their story is really about, or even who the characters in their story actually are.
So, wait a tick, you're trying to get an HVDC project from Kansas to Indiana approved, but then you're going to build something else entirely? And you think that would automatically be approved? Where are the customers, Clean Line? You're not going to be building anything without any customers!
Or maybe you're just trying to sell the Kansas portion of GBE to some silly rube like NextEra? Got a buyer in mind? Is this why there's a media circus? Or is it just required to stroke Nixon's ego? Or both? Whatever you're up to, what you're actually saying makes no sense and can never happen. You're never going to build Grain Belt Express, so I will assume you're hoping for a buyer who wants to use it for something else, and is fooled by your media circus.
I gotta ask, was it crowded in the studio with that elephant in there with you? When you said you were "a developer at heart" and that you would find a way to make it work I thought that elephant was going to crush you. But when you said Clean Line would find ways to make sure all communities that host the project would get benefits, I surely felt the rumble of an impending elephant stampede.
Why are you even at the Missouri Supreme Court, Clean Line? Is it because the counties wouldn't give you assent to cross their roadways under Sec. 229.100? That is the ONLY reason you're at the Missouri Supreme Court! Wouldn't it have been faster (and a hell of a lot cheaper) to actually make sure the communities hosting your project felt they were receiving some benefit before assenting? Why did you take this long, winding, expensive, risky road through the courts instead of trying to work things out with the counties? After all, with county assent the PSC would have approved your project. You would have no reason to be in court. You would not have any reason to try to slice and dice Missouri law and split hairs. So, when you said Clean Line will do whatever it takes to make their project something the communities feel benefits them, I guess you weren't talking about Missouri counties? Why don't the communities deserve benefits? You don't walk your talk.
So, what makes Clean Line think that even if it prevails at the Supreme Court, that the counties will suddenly change their minds, recognize benefits, and provide their assent? They're not, of course. The counties are standing firm and there's nothing you can do about Section 229.100. That's not even part of your court case.
There's no reason for the media circus, unless it's simply to produce choking clouds of smoke that may blind a potential buyer.
When's the sale of Grain Belt Express going to happen?