Stupid “news” of the day:
We only repeat it here (uh, and on Twitter) to show you the fishbowl that your Congressmen live in.
So, just to be fair, here is the Silver Fox himself talking about his recent vote on the debt issue:
Well, we see that the gals at Bold Nebraska are still flush with cash.
When they aren’t buying 91 ears of corn to give away to Lee Terry’s Omaha office, they are buying full page web ads at the LJS. You know, for their awesome little show where they are all going to turn on flashlights!
Apparently they liked that idea better than buying a thousand glass-eyes and chucking them at the Governor to show that they are “keeping their eyes on him”. Or just hiring Sting to sing “Every Breath You Take” over and over and over again.
In the mean time, they have built their entire “we hate Canadian Tar Sands oil” campaign (what was that about a pipeline?), around landowner “Randy”.
Well the Right Wing Professor has an interesting analysis of Randall Thompson and the land that he owns — which apparently is not anywhere near the Sandhills. Again, interesting that the Bold gals could not find a Sandhills landowner to base their campaign around. Maybe because such a person doesn’t sport a cowboy hat like Randy? Or that 87% of the affected Sandhills landowners have already signed with the Pipeline?
Oh well. More flashlights! And find out where Sting is playing next!
And is it us, or does it seems like the anti-oil…er anti-pipeline… peeps keep getting to sell their story, but not anyone else? The other day, the OWH printed the opinions of the Sierra Club’s rep in the legislature, state Senator Ken Haar. But since that was not enough, they also wrote a story about Haar’s Op-Ed, in case you missed the Op-Ed itself. We did not bother to check to see if there was a front-page teaser about the story about the Op-Ed.
(Oh, and speaking of the Sierra Club, we note that their lawsuit to stop the purchase of Canadian Tar Sands oil has been dismissed.)
But then as we were browsing the links, we came, once again on this little bit:
The U.S. State Department, which has authority to approve the pipeline, said in a supplemental environment study in April that the “impacts from even very large spills would likely be limited to localized groundwater contamination that would not threaten the regional viability of the aquifer system.”
It’s a conclusion shared by Jim Goeke, a research hydrogeologist the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
According to Goeke, any risk of contamination from an oilsands spill would be restricted to 10 per cent of the aquifer, because of the pipeline’s location and the groundwater’s natural movement from west to east.
A major leak, of up to 50,000 barrels of oil, would likely be localized to between a quarter mile to half mile of the pipeline because the bitumen would congeal after release, he said.
“I think a lot of people labour under the misconception that a leak would imperil the entire aquifer. That is just patently wrong,” Goeke said.
“While it might make a mess, it would not endanger the entire aquifer. It is treatable.”
Hmm, the U.S. Government’s study AND a Nebraska groundwater expert’s study. Crazy that we have not heard much about that, but a Florida expert on eating disorders keeps getting quoted over and over.
The OWH is reporting that Senator Mike Johanns has a shot of being one of the three Republican Senators on the Super Committee to deal with the debt issues. He doesn’t think it is likely, but apparently his name is being bandied about.
Ben Nelson on the other hand has announced that he will not be on the Super Committee and would not take the gig even if it were offered.
Which is interesting considering that he was the pivotal vote on two of the biggest debt-busting measures passed by the Democrats in the past year and a half: ObamaCare and the non-stimulizing stimulus. You would think that Nelson would want a stab at cleaning up his mess.
We keep visualizing the little kid who knocks over the vase and then yells, “Someone broke that!”
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