We have been watching the issue of the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline with interest for the past number of months.
All along we have felt that we have been hearing from only one side on this issue, and have wondered about it.
The state group, Bold Nebraska, run by avowed Democrat and leftist, Jane Fleming Kleeb, has been the main bunch pushing against the pipeline. And of course whenever they would round up their group of “experts”, they always came from the standard set of environmental groups who frown on anything hinting of an internal combustion engine.
(And whenever you can get testimony on pipeline technology and groundwater from a Fox News talking head from Florida who was recently elected to the Hastings School Board, you do it, right?)
Well, Bold Nebraska and the rest showed their cards this week, and we can now see what their REAL beef with the pipeline is.
They hate oil and everything about it.
How do we know this?
Check out their first official TV spot on the pipeline.
Note that it is paid for by the “No Tar Sands Oil Coalition”.
Note their website is “Dirty Oil Sands .org”.
Note their emphasis over and over about how “dirty” the oil would be.
What does the cleanliness of oil have to do with a potential leak? Nothing of course.
But all we have heard in the past number of months is, oh this will blow up like the Gulf spill and will contaminate the Aquifer!
Except none of that is supported by science.
You’ve got the scientists from the hearing at the capitol in Lincoln on Wednesday who said that anything that went into the Aquifer could not do any widespread contamination.
And then there was the testimony that the pipeline would be (of course) the most advanced version of a pipeline in existence.
And then there was (thank Gaia) the point made that an above-ground or shallow-buried pipeline would be NOTHING like what is in the freaking Gulf. That was an oil platform in the middle of the sea that ran 5,000 freaking feet down. DOWN. Not a pipe across the prairie.
So sure we understand the NIMBY factor from anyone who has something they don’t understand go across their land. But when people then go on to say that the state should not take “any chances” with a pipeline, well. Then what about the pipelines that run across the rest of the state? Or those across the rest of the country, or the world? By that logic shouldn’t ALL of them be shut down?
Well, if Jane Kleeb and her minions had their way that is exactly what would happen.
Instead of getting badly needed oil — needed to run pretty much every engine in the country — from neighboring ally Canada, they would rather we get it from the Mideast or dictators like Chavez? Windmills are awesome and all that, but they aren’t going to run a tractor, let alone a jet engine, any time soon.
Let us finally quote UNL hydro-geologist, Jim Goecke — who specializes in the Sandhills and its aquifers:
“When people say the whole Ogallala Aquifer is at risk, they’re wrong.”
And that is the case no matter how many scare tactic ads the Sierra Club and Bold Nebraska run.