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Media are invited to cover rally featuring dozens of landowners trying to stop pipeline projects

Join farmers, activists and presidential candidate Ryan Binkley at “Fighting for the Heartland,” a virtual rally on September 7th at 4 pm CT.

Register here to cover this event. After registering, you will receive your Zoom link by email. Binkley as well as the moderator and experts will remain on the Zoom call at the conclusion of the rally to answer questions from the media.

Rally attendees will be allowed to ask questions and submit comments in the chat and instructed to include their first name, last name and city with the chat comment if they consent to being quoted by reporters. The confirmed attendance list is currently about 50 names and expected to grow.

Binkley is the only presidential candidate who has publicly announced his stance opposing proposed CO2 pipelines through Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. Binkley created a petition to collect signatures from those trying to stop the projects. Opponents of carbon capture can sign the petition here.

“Proponents say it’s about stopping climate change and protecting the environment, but it’s just another money grab that threatens your property rights and your family’s health,” said Binkley, a Dallas businessman and pastor. “With what’s happening with the pipelines, we have a real opportunity to think about the future of the heartland.”

This online rally will be moderated by Trent Loos of the Loos Tales podcast and will proceed as follows:

4:00-4:15     Trent Loos   Welcome and Thank Ryan Binkley campaign

·         Free Soil Coalition (who are we)

·         CO2 Pipeline Rupture video:

·         Why a CO2 Pipeline 

4:15-4:25     Fire Chief Dan Harvey: Safety and Hazards

4:25-4:35     Jared Bossly: A Farmer’s Reality of Intimidation & Abuse

4:35-4:40     State Rep. Charley Thomson:  Legislative info (Iowa, SD & ND)

4:40-4:45     Trent Loos:  Emails, Phone numbers, Websites for resources

4:45-5:00     Ryan Binkley: The Fight For Private Property Rights

·         Tax dollars wasted and abused

·         Constitution

·         Sign, like, follow, and share the petition

Big business and special interests want to put several thousand miles of pipelines across Iowa to transport hazardous chemicals. The proposed pipelines would carry carbon dioxide from ethanol and fertilizer facilities in Iowa and extend thousands of miles across six states from Illinois to North Dakota. This controversial technology, known as carbon capture, has produced inconsistent results.

Iowa landowners could be forced under eminent domain law to hand over their land. Residents living along the route have told regulators at public hearings they’re worried about harm to their crops and possible rupture.

Binkley is inviting people along the routes for the Summit Carbon Solutions, Navigator CO2’s Heartland Greenway, and Wolf Carbon Solutions proposed pipelines to join the online rally. The $5.5 billion proposal from Summit Carbon Solutions would be the nation’s largest carbon capture and storage pipeline. Iowans can share what they think about the proposals at one of the the Iowa Utilities Board public hearings scheduled in September or by submitting a comment to the board.

“If you’re a farmer and don’t want it, you should be able to oppose it,” Binkley said. “It’s not for public use; it’s a private pipeline.The farmers are owed due process, and if they are forced to sell, they will get the short end of the stick. They get a payment, but they don’t get royalties. I’m standing up for the people.”

Binkley has more than 50,000 unique donors who have contributed to his presidential campaign, surpassing the amount required to join the second primary debate on Sept. 27. He also received at least 1% of the votes in several national polls and Iowa polls.