Well ain’t that just fine, look who still hates the pipeline!
After nearly everyone else piping up on the issue agreed to the compromise and the bills in the legislature, Jane Kleeb and Bold Nebraska mentioned — usually tucked into the end of a news story — that oh yeah, they are still opposed to the pipeline because they hate Tar Sands Oil.
(Cue spinning room.)
We had mentioned before that even if Justin Bieber himself had offered to mop the Canadian oil into his hair, ride it down to Texas on his Segway, then gently wring it into a waiting oil tank, Kleeb would still be opposed to it.
And we were right.
This has never been about the pipeline for Kleeb. Or about the Sandhills. Or about the Ogalalla Aquifer. Or about “Randy”. Or even about Nebraska.
This is about Kleeb helping out her radical enviro buddies who think oil is the end of the world and are convinced that your car and the trucks that carry your stuff to Walmart and Best Buy and the planes that will take you over the river and beyond the woods to grandma’s house will run on windmills.
Anything else is just a means to her ends.
When the enviros couldn’t get a SINGLE scientist to say that a pipe leak couldn’t put the Ogalalla Aquifer in peril, that should have told us something, yeah?
Oh, but no! Stand with Randy! they cried. (Yes, literally cried.)
But only a few people pointed out that the Randy of “Stand with Randy” didn’t even own land in the Sandhills or over the Aquifer. So to them, it was just about hating the big bad corporation — and again, another straw man to stop the oil.
Well, Jane pulled quite a few with her, and they are still swinging their beanie babies — and now handing out Kool-Aid — to make their “point”.
And that “point” is?
Certain Nebraskans and certain office holders got taken for a ride, while dragging union workers and land owners and every and anyone else who uses oil along with them.
We should have taken Justin Bieber up on his offer.
President Obama, to Occupy Wall Street protesters:
“You are the reason I ran for office.”
So there’s that.
Hey, while you’re cramming just one more ladelful of of stuffing and gravy down your neck, I, Street Sweeper, would just like to note a few things I am thankful for:
We have been doing this blog for going on six years. During that time, we have not missed putting up a new post a single week. And starting three months ago or so, we have been putting up a new post every weekday.
And sometimes it’s tough. Late nights or early mornings generally. OK, OK, typing isn’t exactly digging ditches. But it can get tough at times to rattle off something and make it sound interesting and coherent and worthwhile.
But you know what? I’ve loved doing it.
But it wouldn’t really be possible…without you reading.
So let me give a sincere, heartfelt Thank You to everyone who reads Leavenworth Street. Without you, this obviously would not be worthwhile. And it has been worthwhile.
I hope you enjoy reading this blog every day. And I hope you will continue to do so (and tell your friends, and enemies alike).
It has been fun, and hopefully will continue to be so.
Oh, and one more thing…
I don’t know how many gloss over this section every time, but I am also very grateful for those of you who have made your Amazon.com purchases — which you were going to make anyway — through Leavenworth Street’s Amazon links.
You get great deals, and you send a little anonymous love Leavenworth Street’s way — at no extra cost. Thank you very much for your support, and have yourself a merry little Black Friday.