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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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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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