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12. TRANSMISSION LINES WON'T RUN THROUGH CIVIL WAR BATTLEFIELD SITES

In 2005, the Republican Congress gave the Department of Energy (DOE) power to designate "transmission corridors," in which the DOE could seize land and give it to energy companies, through which they could run their power lines and pipelines — regardless of previous niceties like state and local laws, environmental protections, and eminent domain. In 2007, the Bush DOE announced its first two "corridors," which included, just as an example, the entire state of New Jersey. One proposed high-voltage power line, bringing electricity from West Virginia coal plants, would run directly through scenic terrain — and the fragile Civil War battlefield historical site at Antietam.

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