Author: Mark Hefflinger

New Reports Expose Right-Wing Pressure Groups Masquerading As Think Tanks

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Twelve new reports released this week expose the State Policy Network (SPN), an $83 million web of right-wing “think tanks” in every state across the country, including The Platte Institute in Nebraska. New Reports Expose Right-Wing Pressure Groups Masquerading As Think Tanks In States Across The Country  Center for Media and Democracy and Progress Now […]
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Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska (ICON) Passes Resolution Opposing Keystone XL

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Last Saturday at the 8th Annual Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska (ICON) convention in O’Neill, members passed a resolution to oppose the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline (attached below). Rural Nebraskans Taking Action Against Keystone XL by Amy Schaffer (Photo: ICON members Joe Pongrantz and Bruce Boettcher)    Last Saturday at the 8th Annual Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska (ICON) convention in […]
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CBS News Reports on Dents, Anomalies Found on Keystone XL Pipe

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CBS News reported on Tuesday that it has found evidence of construction problems on the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline. The news agengy “obtained warning letters written over the past two months to TransCanada from the federal agency that regulates pipelines. A September 10 letter warned TransCanada it was ‘not following their Construction Specifications’ […]
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Feb. 6: O’Neill Pipeline Fighter Meetup and New Energy Voter 2014 Update

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**Please note updated date/time** Join us for a Keystone XL Pipeline Fighter meetup on Tuesday, Feb. 11 (5-7 p.m.) at the O’Neill Community Center, for an update on the U.S. State Department’s review of TransCanada’s pipeline permit application, as well as an overview of the state of Nebraska’s public power landscape, and a preview of […]
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Feb. 4: York Pipeline Fighter Meetup and New Energy Voter 2014 Update

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**Please note updated date/time** Join us for a Keystone XL Pipeline Fighter meetup on Tuesday, Feb. 4 (5-7 p.m.) at the York Community Center, for an update on the U.S. State Department’s review of TransCanada’s pipeline permit application, as well as an overview of the state of Nebraska’s public power landscape, and a preview of […]
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Build Our Energy Barn Project

The TransCanada 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. During the summer and fall of 2013, Nebraskans stood up for their future by literally building the clean energy future we need. We challenged Big Oil […]
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New Report Documents Possible Anomalies, Construction Problems on Southern Leg of KXL

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A new Public Citizen report (embedded below) documents construction problems and more than 125 excavations of possible anomalies and engineering code violations along the Texas portion of the pipeline that, if unaddressed, pose a heightened risk of spills of highly toxic tar sands. Click here to view photos documenting the possible pipe anomalies and construction […]
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Feb. 8: Omaha Pipeline Fighter Meetup and New Energy Voter 2014 Update

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**Please note updated date/time** Join Bold Nebraska and the KANEKO community for a Keystone XL Pipeline Fighter meetup on Saturday, Feb. 8 (1-3 p.m.) at KANEKO in Omaha. We’ll provide an update on the U.S. State Department’s review of TransCanada’s pipeline permit application, as well as an overview of the state of Nebraska’s public power […]
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Feb. 8: Lincoln Pipeline Fighter Meetup and New Energy Voter 2014 Update

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**Please note updated date/time** Join Bold Nebraska and The Social Justice Network of the Unitarian Church of Lincoln for a Keystone XL Pipeline Fighter meetup on Saturday, Feb. 8 (1-3 p.m.) at the Unitarian Chuch of Lincoln. We’ll provide an update on the U.S. State Department’s review of TransCanada’s pipeline permit application, as well as […]
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Sen. Markey Presses TransCanada to Bar Exports of KXL Oil, Refined Products

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In a letter sent to TransCanada’s Russell Girling on the day that his company announced a 30 percent increase in profits, Senator Markey asks Mr. Girling to clarify his comments toPolitico last week that “not a drop of this crude oil is going to leave this continent that’s moving through our pipeline.”   Sen. Markey Presses […]
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