The kids from Bold Nebraska organized another protest against Big Oil in Lincoln the other day. They waved signs in front of the capitol, and handed out beany-babies to state Senators.
Oh, and they had dozens, or maybe even over a hundred anti-oil pals there as well.
Of course, you may wonder who was there. (Just a question: Do YOU have time to not go to work and hand out stuffed animals in Lincoln on a Tuesday? )
Anywho, just so we are clear who these anti-oil people are, here are a few from the list:
- Jane Fleming Kleeb, founder of Bold Nebraska, spokesperson, and FOX News lover who is a self described expert on nutrition
- Mary Pipher, Lincoln author of “Reviving Ophelia,” the non-fiction bestseller about adolescent girls struggling toward adulthood
- a little girl, who we are guessing is about five or six years old, and was dragged there and put on display by her mom
Hmm, let’s see. Then there is
- the Sierra Club
- Nebraskans for Peace
- Indigenous Environmental Network
- No Tar Sands Oil Coalition
- Guardians of the Good Life
All sound like folks just like you and me, eh?
Well, here is the deal kids: Jane Kleeb and her gang of liberals aching for the days of protesting Against The Man have become adept at putting together all the scare tactics (and plush animals) that they can muster. Their goal is to, whenever and whereever they can, fight their enemy du jour, The Oil Companies.
Here is the irony in all this:
It’s not about the Pipeline. It’s about their hatred for OIL.
Bold Nebraska first stepped out as a group who paid for ads against Republican House members, like Lee Terry, saying that they were bought and paid for by Big Oil.
And Bold put their web site up and banged the drum about the standard lib causes and positions.
Then they got involved in “The Pipeline.”
Except it has never really been about the Keystone XL Pipeline.
They hate the tar-sands oil, going from Canada to Texas that runs through it.
So they have run a massive scare campaign, (somehow) based on the Gulf spill, to stop the pipeline altogether.
Oh, they’ll stand on the capitol steps and yell about insurance, and spill safety and eminent domain.
But you’ll note that the webkinz that they are handing out have a tag that yelps, “Stop the TransCanada Pipeline”. (That is of course when they aren’t chanting, “Windmills Not Oil Spills!”)
It is great that people can get themselves involved in government in the middle of the week. And we understand that certain landowners have been freaked out by the misinformation that these and other groups have been pouring on them ad nauseam over the past year.
But we still note that the other Keystone Pipeline that crosses Nebraska sailed through just fine.
And that all the experts will tell you that this will be the safest and most technologically efficient pipeline built.
Oh, and then there is this nugget from unalligned UNL hydro-geologist, Jim Goecke:
“When people say the whole Ogallala Aquifer is at risk, they’re wrong.”
Maybe there is a stuffed animal that can deliver that quote.