Dark Side Of 'The Next AI Trade': Seizing Private Property For Transmission Lines 

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by Tyler Durden
Tuesday, Jul 09, 2024 - 01:20 AM

There's a dark side to 'The Next AI Trade'—at least for some landowners.

Powering up America and upgrading power grids for artificial intelligence data centers, onshoring trends, and the electrification of the economy will require thousands of miles of new transmission lines nationwide. Existing lines will be upgraded, but new lines will also be needed, resulting in the seizure of private property via eminent domain.

According to Fox 45 Baltimore, the Maryland Piedmont Reliability Project (MPRP) is a new plan to build a 70-mile 500,000-volt transmission line across three counties: Frederick, Baltimore, and Carroll. The line will connect a substation in southern Frederick County and supply the area with additional load capacity to handle surging power demand from AI data centers.

MPRP's website explains that the new transmission lines will require the acquisition of private property through the use of an eminent domain, or government-mandated seizure to complete the construction.

"If PSEG and a property owner cannot agree on mutually acceptable value, PSEG may seek to use the power of eminent domain using the process set forth by the state of Maryland to acquire the necessary property rights," the developer's website states.

A local conservation group, The Valleys Planning Council, explained on Facebook that the new transmission system, which will tear up forests and farmland, is only being planned because lawmakers in Annapolis "do not allow new fossil fuel power stations, Maryland must import electricity from surrounding states."

It's becoming clear that the dark side of powering up America for AI data centers will be land grabs by the government through eminent domain. 

In Maryland's case, residents who do not comply with MPRP will see parts of their farms and forests snatched up for the infrastructure project.

However, the only reason the new transmission line plan exists is because of the so-called state managers in Annapolis, lawmakers, who are truly awful at their jobs. The genius in Annapolis waged war on fossil fuels and banned any new development of fossil fuel power plants at a time when power demand is rising.

So, instead of building clean NatGas power generation plants near the AI data centers, Maryland must import power from other states. Real efficient, eh?

In a recent report from ESG Legal Solutions, LLC, titled "Maryland's Energy Crisis: The Critical Need to Boost In State Electricity Generation," the authors state, "Maryland consumes about 40% more electricity than it generates."

To sum up, the dark side of the next AI trade will involve land grabs of private property. That's likely to happen in Maryland and elsewhere. But also, we have to point out that the only reason this is happening are the progressives in Annapolis who push green policies. 

Sigh, for the Maryland residents who have to deal with progressives not rooted in reality.