Author: Mark Hefflinger

Bold Joins Groups Demanding New State Dept. Environmental Review of KXL

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Bold Nebraska has joined the Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Oil Change International in demanding that the U.S. State Department prepare a new supplemental environmental impact statement for the Keystone XL pipeline that takes into account new analyses that prove the project will accelerate tarsands expansion […]
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Keystone XL: Increased Carbon Emissions

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Today, President Obama made a bold proclamation that he will not approve Keystone XL if it contributes to climate pollution. He said that, “Our national interest will be served only if this pipeline does not significantly exacerbate the climate problem.” It is now up to the State Department to prove that the pipeline will not […]
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Nebraska Joins President Obama’s Call to Climate Action

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On Tuesday, June 25, Pres. Obama laid out his administration’s Climate Action Plan in a speech delivered at Georgetown University. Reactions from Nebraska groups to the President’s climate agenda are outlined below, with quotes from groups including Bold Nebraska, Nebraska Sierra Club, Nebraska Farmers Union, Nebraska Wildlife Federation and the League of Women Voters of […]
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NAS Dilbit Study Fails to Study Tarsands Spill Effects

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The National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) on Tuesday released a report on diluted bitumen that disappointingly fails to answer the basic question of what the risks are once a spill happens. Citizens understand tarsands shares some chemical properties of other heavy crude like oil from Venezuela. However, the concerns about what happens once tarsands spills–most important […]
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House Rejects Farm Bill in 195-234 Vote

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The House voted this week to reject the new five-year Farm Bill by a vote of 195-234. Our friends at the Nebraska Wildlife Federation have some perspective on the vote and what it means below. House Farm Bill Falls Short: 195-234    On Thursday, the House of Representatives surprised most observers when a vote to approve a new […]
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TransCanada Calls Nebraska Ranchers Agressive and Abusive, Talks of Terrorism

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TransCanada, the Canadian corporation behind the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, is providing security briefings to Nebraska authorities warning them to look into the application of “anti-terrorism laws” on people who oppose the pipeline despite the fact that no Nebraskan has committed a crime in the state in their efforts to stop the pipeline.   Bold […]
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Anomalies–Including Dents and Welds–Found Along Newly Laid Keystone XL Pipeline in Texas

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Public Citizen has documented dozens of anomalies, including dents and welds, reportedly identified on a 60-mile stretch of the southern segment of Keystone XL in Texas. Landownerns have asked the U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to investigate. Despite the clear evidence outlined below, TransCanada is in damage control mode, […]
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Petition: Tell Sec. Kerry to Investigate Big Oil’s Ties to Keystone Environmental Review

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Tell Sec. Kerry: Halt the Keystone XL Review Process and Investigate the State Dept.’s Environmental Report At the U.S. State Dept.’s sole public hearing on the Environmental Impact review for the Keystone XL pipeline last month in Grand Island, Nebraska, myself and hundreds of other Nebraskans waited outside for hours in a blizzard for the […]
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Your Student Loan May Be Helping the Government Make More Money Than Exxon-Mobil

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Congressional Budget Office Projecting $51 Billion Profit for Government From Federal Student Loans in 2013 Fiscal Year (Reposted with permission from One Wisconsin Now) Madison — As thousands of University of Wisconsin students and their families prepare to celebrate their graduation, the federal government has revised its estimate of how much profit they will earn […]
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Public Records Request on Meetings Between Nebraska Law Enforcement, TransCanada

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On May 15, 2013, Bold Nebraska sent formal requests for all records, emails, minutes, etc. on meetings the Nebraska State Patrol and the Nebraska Attorney General’s office recently held with TransCanada and local sheriff’s departments regarding the Keystone XL pipeline, talk of “protestors” and public safety. Since we were not invited to any discussion about […]
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