Author: Ben Gotschall

Support Local Food: Help Pepe’s Go Solar Powered

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Lincoln local food fixture Pepe’s Bistro is preparing to go solar.  The independently owned vegan/vegetarian Mexican food business, which has a physical location at 3227 S 13th St., also has a food truck element, which was built through a Kickstarter campaign a couple years ago.  Now, the veg-mex Bistro is looking to add solar power to […]
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ACTION NEEDED: Defeat Packer Ownership, Defend Local Control

***UPDATE***  LB106 has been delayed and will now be on the floor Monday, March 30th.  Please call as many senators as possible and urge them to vote against LB106. Take Action Your state senators need to hear from you now.  It is important that you contact your representative as well as many others in order […]
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New Energy Roundup: February/March 2015

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Energy Barn Update In January 2015, the New Energy Barn built in the path of the Keystone Export pipeline generated 261 kilowatt hours of clean energy onto Nebraska’s public power grid.  That’s enough energy to power a refrigerator for 58 days. In February 2015, the Energy Barn generated 221 kilowatt hours of electricity, which is […]
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Omaha and Lincoln Meetings to Discuss Fracking and Eminent Domain Bills

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  Two very important bills will be coming up in the Nebraska Legislature next week, and farmers and citizens are working together to prepare testimony and share information.  There are two upcoming action meetings (more information below) to educate and prepare citizens for engagement on these issues. LB512: Regulate Fracking Wastewater Dumping in Nebraska LB512, […]
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Poll: Clean Water, Property Rights are Top Reasons Americans Want Obama to Reject KXL

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A recent poll conducted by the League of Conservation Voters found that Americans believe that protecting clean water and property rights, two issues central to Nebraskans, are two of the top three reasons why President Obama should deny the permit for TransCanada’s Keystone Export Pipeline. A significant majority–63%–said that if the Obama administration determines the […]
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Contact the Ag Committee: Support Local Food

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On Tuesday, February 24th the Nebraska legislature’s Agriculture committee will hold a hearing for LB558, also known as the Cottage Food Amendment, proposed by Sen. Rick Kolowski (District 31). Click here to view a summary of the bill: LB558 Cottage Food Legislation Summary The bill would allow for small-scale producers of non-potentially hazardous foods such as […]
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ACTION NEEDED: Stop Packer Ownership of Livestock, Keep Local Control

Two bills will be heard in front of the Nebraska legislature’s Agriculture Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 10.  These bills would pave the way for meatpacker ownership of livestock and allow continued corporate takeover of agriculture in Nebraska by allowing Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO’s) to avoid the normal restrictions of the county planning and zoning […]
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January 2015 New Energy Roundup

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  Energy Barn Update  In December, the Build Our Energy Barn built in the proposed Keystone Export pipeline path had its lowest generation month of 2014, but it still generated more energy for Nebraskans than the pipeline ever would.  At 116 kilowatt-hours, the barn generated enough energy to drive about 5 laps at the Monaco […]
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Bold Nebraska Submits Discovery Requests to TransCanada in South Dakota Keystone XL Permit Process

On Tuesday, Bold Nebraska submitted its first round of interrogatories as part of the discovery process in the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission permitting process for the Keystone XL pipeline. The interrogatories, directed toward pipeline operator TransCanada, address a number of important points, evidence and facts surrounding the proposed pipeline project.  Bold’s most relevant questions […]
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December 2014 New Energy Roundup

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Energy Barn Update For the month of November, the New Energy Barn in the path of the Keystone Export pipeline produced 244 kilowatt-hours of electricity for Nebraska’s public power grid.  That’s enough energy to charge the average cell phone for 7.6 years.  As of December 1, the Energy Barn has produced 3.87 megawatts of electricity, […]
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