SD Corn Growers adopt carbon pipeline policy

The South Dakota Corn Growers Association will support carbon pipeline projects in the state. Two new resolutions on carbon were approved at the SDCA’s annual meeting over the weekend.

The state’s corn growers support carbon capture and a second resolution says corn growers support carbon pipelines to lower the carbon intensity score of ethanol plants, but also clarify the processes used to complete the projects should show respect for landowner’s rights and eminent domain should be used as a last resort.

Executive Director DaNita Murray tells Brownfield this is new ground for the association and there’s a chance for compromise on the issue in the state legislature.

“We’re hopeful there are policies that are going to move in Pierre that will incentivize voluntary behavior on carbon pipelines,” she says. “And that’s something I think you’ll see generically that we support in many policy spaces, not just carbon pipelines.”

Murray says no bills regarding carbon pipeline projects have been formally introduced in the state legislature yet. Lawmakers have until the end of January to file bills for the session.

  • The technology for carbon capture in the regions surrounding ethanol production in SD may be practical using energy directly from solar and wind, withoutvthe use of batteries. However, CO2 is a valuable plant nutrientvand is best utilized locally in greenhouses to enhance food production. Pumping CO2 in long interstate pipelines in order to sequester it deep into the earth has no basis in productive, beneficial science, can not be done without subsidized fake tax credits and a waste of a valuable commodity which would significantly enhance crop production locally. Furthermore, no actual value in terms of productivity is accomplished by wasting energy and farmland in order to liquify and pump CO2 hundreds of miles and sequester it. If this is even possible, it is not practical and only exists as a tax scam with only negatives in terms of agricultural productivity. Plants need CO2 to grow. What is so difficult to understand about this, especially for farmers, I have no idea I am sure that no real farmer in SD does either.

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