I-C-C! I-C-C! I-C-C!
After all the U-S-A! U-S-A! chanting the past few weeks (except after a tough loss by the women’s hockey team yesterday), I’ve been sucked into the chanting spirit. So I say “I-C-C! I-C-C” in recognition of the Illinois Commerce Commission’s decision to approve Ameren’s controversial transmission line the traverses southcentral Illinois. (These days isn’t “controversial transmission line” a redundant term? Kinda like “extra bonus?”)
Anyway, the Illinois Chamber doesn’t always see eye-to-eye with the Commerce Commission — that’s the nature of democracy. However, energy infrastructure is very important to our state and nation’s economic well being so kudos to them for approving the project. Here is a link to the Southern Illinoisan article with additional details.
To be clear, when I talk about economic well-being I’m not talking about the jobs to build the line. Those are important for sure but I’m talking about our whole economy. Without appropriate energy infrastructure our ability to transmit and transport energy is at risk, which puts our economy at risk because it runs on energy. Period.
Without reliable energy supply we might as well call ourselves “West Baghdad!”
The ICC has a tough job figuring out which projects qualify for public need but it’s an important job. We can’t ignore local landowner issues but at the same time if we said “no” every time landowners said they didn’t want a project across their property we wouldn’t have roads, fuel in our cars or electricity in our homes.
A final shout out goes out to the farmers and landowners across Illinois who are host to the energy infrastructure that crisscrosses our state. You bear the burden of dealing with the underground right-of-way and overhead transmission lines. In most cases you’ve found a way to make lemonade out of lemons. Because of your flexibility, we have one of the world’s best energy infrastructures. But let’s not fool ourselves, there is more to be upgraded and more to be built if we are to meet the energy demands of our economy.
In the meantime, let’s enjoy today’s victory and hope there are more on the horizon. I-C-C! I-C-C!
Oh, and let’s hope the men’s hockey team has better luck against the boys from the Great White North later today.