Meanwhile, the Clean Line project has folks upset along virtually the entire route through Oklahoma and Arkansas. Opponents of the line can't fall back on the “dirty” energy claim, but they are unhappy about the visibility of the line and how it might affect property values. By contrast, oil and gas pipelines are visible only by the signs that mark their routes. The burying beetle and sacred Indian mounds have been invoked against Clean Line.
Either we develop green energy, which requires transmission lines, or we keep moving fossil fuels from place to place, which requires pipelines. Actually we must do both, indefinitely. The Clean Line project reminds us that even green power has environmental consequences.