Author: Ben Gotschall

UNL to Release Results of Climate Study September 25th

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Almost a year after announcing it would conduct research studying the effects of climate change on Nebraska agriculture, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) will release the first of its kind report on climate change on September 25th, 2014. The UNL study findings will be presented as a Heuermann Lecture: […]
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Elk Creek Niobium Mine Appears to be Moving Forward

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At a town hall meeting in Elk Creek on June 11, representatives of NioCorp, a Canada-based company, were optimistic that a Niobium deposit near the small southeast Nebraska town would be productive enough to attract the necessary investment to move forward with mining operations. Niobium, a rare mineral that is used to make steel stronger […]
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OPPD to Hold Open House Sessions

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Beginning Tuesday, March 18, and ending Tuesday, April 1, Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) will hold a series of open houses in various locations throughout the OPPD territory. (Installing solar panels and wind turbine at the barn constructed in the path of Keystone XL. Photos: Mary Anne Andrei) According to a press release from OPPD, […]
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Full Analysis of State Dept. and Call for Public Comments

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With the release of the State Department’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the Keystone XL export pipeline, arguments from both sides of the issue have been aired, and a lot of (mis)information has been thrown around in Nebraska and national media.  With the public comment period ending on March 7th, the need for citizens […]
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Northstar Neighbors Turns Over a New Leaf

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In the future, Bold Nebraska will profile and promote Nebraska farmers and ranchers who not only produce local foods, but also actively engage in efforts to improve their communities.  This update from Jim Knopik at Northstar Neighbors is the first of such efforts to focus on local foods as a key to strong small towns, […]
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Bold Energy Director Statement to NPPD Board

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As part of Bold’s focus on new energy as well as building our own energy and putting the public back in public power, I recently made a trip to the NPPD board of directors meeting, which was held at Gerald Gentleman Station, a coal plant in western Nebraska.  The board was courteous and seemed receptive to my comments (see below), […]
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CLEAN Projects Create Jobs and Empower Communities

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Communities all across the country are declaring energy independence and building their own energy infrastructure that harnesses clean, renewable energy generation.  From tiny towns such as Harvard, Massachusets, to mid-sized cities like Gainesville, Florida, to the huge metropolitan center of Los Angeles, California, citizens and leaders across this nation are enacting CLEAN(Clean Local Energy Accessible Now) projects that create […]
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