The New American recently published an article about a fourth-generation farmer in South Dakota who is battling the carbon-capture land grab.
But this is just the tip of a very large iceberg. Farmers’ property rights, and even their livelihoods, are being threatened throughout the Midwest and elsewhere.
In this episode of Beyond the Cover, host Gary Benoit interviews senior editor Rebecca Terrell about the war on farmers. Rebecca is the author of “Fourth-generation Farmer Battles Carbon-capture Land Grab,” about South Dakota farmer Jared Bossly, in the August 14 issue of The New American. She has also written other articles about the war on farmers. And she has interviewed many farmers and ranchers whose property rights and livelihoods are being threatened. Recently she attended a rally defending farmers’ property rights in Ft. Dodge, Iowa.
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Article referred to in the video…. excerpt:
Fourth-generation Farmer Battles Carbon-capture Land Grab
Jared Bossly never wanted to be famous. But one morning in early May, as he was planting alfalfa on his farm in Brown County, South Dakota, unwelcome fame came looking for him when his cellphone dinged. It was his wife, Tara, texting from home where she was recuperating after gallbladder surgery.
“Were you expecting anyone?” he remembers her asking.
“No,” was his perplexed response. She was puzzled, too, because while she was in the shower, someone opened the front door of their home and yelled, “Hello!” She quickly got dressed and went downstairs.
Two men had left the house and ventured over to the Bosslys’ shop, where one of them stepped inside for several seconds. He then returned to the unmarked truck in which his companion was waiting, and they pulled away to head out onto the Bosslys’ land.
Tara drove into the field, where she found the men setting up a tripod. They identified themselves as land surveyors with Summit Carbon Solutions, a company planning the Midwest Carbon Express, a 2,100-mile pipeline through five states. It is meant to shuttle carbon dioxide, captured from emissions of more than 30 ethanol plants throughout the Corn Belt and liquefied into an extremely hazardous form. The reputed goal is to reduce the region’s so-called carbon footprint, thereby supposedly saving Mother Earth from man-made eco-catastrophe.
However, pipeline companies have additional plans for the dangerous material. Its intended destination is North Dakota, where the liquid CO2 will be buried underground or injected into depleted oil and gas wells to extract more hydrocarbon fuels from the earth — a process known as enhanced oil recovery (EOR).
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