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Bold Nebraska draws (pipe) Line in the Sand

Keystone opponents vow civil disobedience, vigils starting Monday

“There’s no question, if the president approves this permit, that there will be civil disobedience,”
said Jane Kleeb, executive director of the group Bold Nebraska, which has helped organize opposition in the state.
“I think you’ll see some landowners driving really slow on their county roads to block the (pipeline) trucks.”

Bold Nebraska and other environmental groups plan to protest against the proposed pipeline. They have a link on their page which features Chris Hayes on Keystone XL: Time to End the Addiction

Chris Hayes refers to the United States and the conservative politicians who tout the "Drill, Baby, Drill" motto as addicts. He discribes at length how we are addicted to crude oil. He calls it a chemical dependency. He says we must stop the use of crude oil before the planet heats up to the 2 degree threshold that environmentalists say will cause catestrophic damage to the planet. Chris Hayes says we must leave 80% of the oil reserves of the planet in the ground. It must be abandoned so we can beat the addiction.

Bold Nebraska supports this view as one reason to protest the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Farmers and landowners also have a legitimate concern for their land that will be used for the pipeline. Ben Gotschall is an organic farmer whose property is just a few miles from the pipeline location. Holt Creek flows through the middle of Botschall's land. The pipeline crosses Holt Creek, the sensitive sand hills, and the Ogallala Aquifer. The Ogallala aquifer supplies Nebraska with nearly all of its water. Ben Gotschall is concerned about toxic pipeline leaks like the Kalamazoo River oil spill in July.

"This pipeline goes against the whole foundation of organic farming,"
he explains.
"All we have out there is grass and water. That's how we make our living."

Gotschall feels the pipeline will benefit only the foreign oil company. He wants to see more focus on Nebraska's wind energy. Nebraska has the sixth largest wind potential in the country.

"We need to do things that put money in Nebraskan pockets, not foreign corporate pockets," he says.

Posted by Weary_Willie at February 1, 2014 11:49 PM
Comment #376050

No, not the Pipeline from Canada, which Canada itself doesn’t want to risk running to its own W. Coast for purchase by the Chinese. Too environmentally risky. Why should Canadians suffer the consequences when Republicans in America will assume all the risk for Americans for a bit more profit in their portfolios, not to mention election contributions by the profiteers.

Let’s build the other infrastructure that will allow our economy to grow as we further our efforts to better protect our environment for our children and theirs.

Posted by: David R. Remer at February 3, 2014 1:14 AM
Comment #376052

Canada’s Natural Resources Minister said Friday he’s “more confident” the Keystone XL pipeline will be approved after U.S. State Department’s latest environmental report raised no major environmental objections to the long-delayed project.

Joe Oliver urged the Obama administration to make a “timely decision,” noting the United States has been studying the pipeline for five years. He said the latest federal study was the fifth on its environmental impact and said each report has stated that the pipeline would not adversely affect the environment.

“This is a positive step on the route to approval,” Oliver said. “We hope and expect the final decision will be positive.”

The State Department report said the Canadian oil sands are likely to be developed regardless of U.S. action on the pipeline and other options to get the oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries — including rail, trucks and barges — would be worse for climate change. Oliver said the report concludes that not building this project would result in emissions that are 28 to 42 percent higher than if the pipeline is built.

Calgary, Alberta-based TransCanada’s pipeline would carry 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta and the U.S. Bakken across six U.S. states to refineries in the Texas Gulf Coast.

The Canadian government has also warned if no new pipelines are built Canadian oil would instead be shipped to the U.S. Gulf Coast by rail. Concerns have been raised about the increasing use of rail to transport oil throughout North America. Several recent derailments have worried both officials and residents close to rail lines. In July of last year, 47 people were incinerated in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, when a train with 72 oil tankers derailed and exploded, destroying the small community’s downtown

Posted by: Rhinehold at February 3, 2014 8:24 AM
Comment #376054

Hah, Suddenly Rhinehold trusts the U.S. Government. Laughable.

Posted by: David R. Remer at February 3, 2014 2:33 PM
Comment #376061

Let’s destroy agribusiness entirely with a pipeline! Agribusiness only accounts for tens if not hundreds of trillions annually in steel, equipment sales and trucking—heck, let’s get rid-o-that!! Let’s have less than Russia everybody! Let’s ruin groundwater with petrol, who needs dairy, right? We are an energy superpower—ne’ermind that oil actually comes from fossils underwater (don’t let anyone know that), let’s do this phoney too.

Nothin’s gonna’ happen, people are too stupid here in the U.S..

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