**BREAKING UPDATE at 10:30am 10/19/11**
Speaker Mike Flood:
At this time I am not in favor of a special session for the purpose of enacting siting legislation that would apply to the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline project.
I do support enacting siting legislation that would apply to future pipeline proposals during the 2012 regular session.
Instead of burying it at the end, let us square this away out front:
No matter what TransCanada proposes…
No matter what extra measures they take…
No matter WHAT ROUTE the pipeline should follow…
…Jane Kleeb and the Boldies and all of their extreme-enviro supporters will NEVER give a thumbs up to the Keystone XL pipeline. No matter where it is. NEVER.
Is that clear?
So for those of you waiting on the edge of your seat to find out what Jane thinks about TransCanada bending over backwards to build a concrete tunnel and an emergency team for the pipeline, please ease back into your barcalounger.
The LJS did an excellent review of the history of the whole issue a few days ago. Always remember that this goes back to the Canadian Tar Sands oil and that a scientist said it is “game over” for Earth — for Earth — if they drill for that oil. Game over, Earth. It’s tantamount to being hit by a giant meteorite covered in nuclear warheads and dinosaurs.
So their ENTIRE goal is to stop the pipeline, and thereby stop the oil. And this business about the Sandhills and the Ogallala Aquifer and the pipeline are just a sideshow.
And you know how you know that’s true? Because there is ALREADY a TransCanada pipelines that crosses the Aquifer. And it is older and, by definition, less safe than the brand-spanking new one would be. And the current TransCanada pipeline crosses more rivers and therefore is more dangerous for spreading a possible spill — like Professor Stansbury is selling — than the current route.
But you notice how you never hear anything at all about that old pipeline?
Hmm. How about that. Wonder why.
In the mean time, as you may have read, TransCanada proposed an additional set of safety measures for the pipe including:
- a $100M bond
- an additional 35 mile concrete jacket for the pipe
- an additional concrete barrier at a pumping station
- an additional cleanup team with equipment closer to the Sandhills
You can read the rest in their letter to the legislature here.
Point being, they didn’t really need to do all of this.
And HOW do we know that?
Because (like, uh, we said) there is already a TransCanada pipeline that crosses the Aquifer.
And we heave heard from the UNL hydrogeologist — who has studied the Sandhills and Aquifer for 35 years, and has dug countless wells there, and owns land there — that the pipe would be safe anyway.
Now some (ahem) have suggested that it is simply “common sense” that a pipe shouldn’t take the proposed route. Or that you do NOT need a PhD to form that opinion.
But we would suggest that a PhD, living in and studying the Sandhills and the Aquifer since at least the Carter Administration, has cultivated more “common sense” on this issue than any of us could hope to find.
THAT is who we are going to listen to.
Instead of a guy from Lincoln wearing a cowboy hat.
Or a gal from Florida who fancies herself a nutrition expert.
We are going to stick with the hydrogeologist.
Makes common sense, huh?
But of course the politics is what has dominated the pipeline issue. It has never been about science or facts. It is pure emotion, stirred up by Jane and the Boldies.
So we were sifting around the Twitter a few weeks ago and we noticed Jane criticizing the NEGOP ED for suggesting that his daughter march in a parade.
Of course, that is beyond the fact that Jane uses her kids in about every other photo she posts of the pipeline, or her yummy foods campaign, or whatever other movement she is getting paid to pimp.
But now she wants other to USE their kids, en masse, and to pervert the kids’ holiday to do it.
Their latest push is to have anti-pipers march with their kids, dressed up in their Halloween costumes, to oppose the pipeline.
“Mommy, are we going Trick-or-Treating?!”
“No, honey. But you do get to scream that Cinderella hates dirty oil. That will be fun too, right?”
Again folks: Doesn’t care about the pipeline. Joined at the hip with radical-enviros.
Scary enough for ya?