Author: Mark Hefflinger

Bold Nebraska, Public Interest Groups Ask Sec. Kerry to Throw Out KXL Environmental Review

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Keystone XL: Public interest groups call for Sec. Kerry to throw out tainted environmental study, take disciplinary action against consultants who lied about ties to TransCanada Originally posted by: Adam Russell, Friends of the Earth WASHINGTON, D.C. – Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline today asked Secretary John Kerry to throw out the State Department’s […]
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NPR Marketplace Story on Build Our Energy Project

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Did you hear us on NPR? “Marketplace,” the popular nationally syndicated radio show from American Public Media, came to York, Nebraska to cover our plan to build a wind and solar-powered barn on land directly inside the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline. Listen to the Marketplace story below, cross-posted from APM. Want to […]
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Report: Keystone XL Would Worsen Climate Change, Fails President’s Test

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A new report out today shows that Keystone XL would worsen climate change, and fails the president’s own climate test. The full report from the National Resources Defense Council is below.   Major Report Shows Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Would Worsen Climate Change and Fails President’s Climate Test Rejecting Keystone XL would avoid carbon […]
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Build Our Energy Project: Declare Independence From Tarsands

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The Keystone XL pipeline is proposed to run through hundreds of Nebraska homes, farms and ranches, crossing the delicate Sandhills and putting the critical Ogallala Aquifer at risk. This summer, Nebraskans will stand up for their future by literally building the clean energy future we need. We will challenge Big Oil to show their true […]
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Split of Food Assistance from Farm Bill Affects Thousands of Nebraskans Facing Hunger

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On Thursday, the U.S. House passed a “split” version of the Farm Bill, which since 1973 has always included funding for food and nutrition programs, including food stamps and the current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Below is reaction from our friends at Nebraska Appleseed. Here is coverage of Thursday’s vote by Dana Milbank of The Washington […]
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House Vote Today on Split Farm Bill

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The U.S. House is currently considering a “split” farm bill, which removes crucial SNAP food and nutrition programs and just considers the farm program elements. Over 500 farm and conservation organizations are on record opposing this split. More details below from our friends at the Nebraska Wildlife Federation, and you can watch the proceedings live […]
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Landowners’ Lawsuit vs. KXL Set for Sept. 27

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At a hearing on Friday, July 19 at the Lancaster County Courthouse, the judge overseeing the landowners’ lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law that fast-tracked approval of Keystone XL in Nebraska set a date for the claims to come to trial. The first day in court for the three landowners — Randy Thompson, Susan […]
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NE State Sen. Jim Smith Failed to Report Lobbyist-Funded Trip to “Oil Sands Academy”

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Sen. Smith is best known among pipeline fighters for “authoring” the unconstitutional LB 1161, but we now know he is also a jet setter on Canada’s and TransCanada’s dime. (photo of legislators at ALEC’s “Oil Sands Academy,” courtesy of Center for Media and Democracy) Following up on reporting yesterday by investigative journalist Nick Surgey at […]
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