Are you aware that all of the (major) candidates for U.S. Senate from Nebraska have filed to run?
No? You don’t have your Google news filters set to “candidate filings”?
Well, we are here to help you on the dullest press release that the campaigns are obliged to put out. Even with Shane Osborn “shaking things up” by putting out the “shaking hands with the Secretary!” shot, we fell asleep mid-PhotoShop.
But we are here for you.
Recently Bold Nebraska and the “We Hate the Pipeliners!” built some sort of barn directly on the route of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
It’s a bitchin’ little house, complete with a “Grandma’s attic”, where you could sit in a circle, smoke a bowl and discuss how much you hate non-Curling Canadians.
But how will they be able to cook their urns full of quinoa at this Hut of Solitude? Jane Kleeb of Bold Nebraska (you can tell they’re “bold” because it’s in their name) told Channel 10/11 in Lincoln:
“This barn will not only have solar energy,” Jane Kleeb, of Bold Nebraska, said, “it will have a wind turbine as well, so it will be powered 100% by renewable energy.”
One hundred percent?
That means, like, “all”, right?
Wellllll, it seems that the folks at Americans for Prosperity-Nebraska have found differently.
The kids at AFP tell us they made an open records request with the Perennial Public Power District and found that…
BOLD Nebraska’s “Clean Energy Barn” consumed 143 kilowatt hours of energy from September 2013 thru January 2014.
During that same period, 93 kilowatt-hours was produced by BOLD Nebraska’s generator which they claim is supported by a wind turbine and solar panel.
Altogether, BOLD Nebraska purchased 50 kilowatt-hours of energy, an average of 10 kilowatt-hours per month, from Perennial during the five month period since service to the site was initiated…which uses the same electricity that homes and businesses in York and other Nebraska communities use: power generated from coal-fired electricity plants.
You mean to tell us that not everything coming from the Pipe Haters is true???
It’s as if the next thing you’re going to tell us is that the ant-Pipeliners are really just radical environmentalists who wouldn’t want the Canadian Oil even it were transported in Geddy Lee’s hair and was then carefully squeezed, drop-by-drop into a the Clean Energy Barn’s secret underground oil drums.
Color us shocked.
As AFP-NE sums up…
Bold Nebraska’s reliance on fossil fuels to operate the ‘Clean Energy Barn’ underlines the point supporters of Keystone XL have been saying all along: we need access to cheap, reliable energy to meet 21st Century energy needs. And Keystone XL is an essential component to meeting this growing need.
Our friends over at Nebraska Watchdog update the story:
At first Kleeb called (AFP’s) allegations “a ridiculous story” and said he apparently doesn’t know how to read an utility bill, but later acknowledged the barn has had to use some of the local power district’s energy during some cold months. During other months, the barn generated more renewable energy than it used, she said.
So to sum up Kleeb:
“Yeah, 100%! And they’re liars!”
“Oh, you caught me? Um, well, NOT 100%…how ’bout that?”
An interesting write-up “in the papers” about the Governor forum last night. Things get shaken up just a bit in these since they invite Democrat Chuck Hassebrook to counter just about everything the Republican candidates say. The General election choice should be pretty clear.
However we are still trying to sort out the differences between the GOPers. We do find that Mike Foley and Tom Carlson are the only Republicans who are willing to provide public benefits to illegal immigrants.
We also saw that, apparently, none of the Republicans is in favor of expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare. We don’t know the exact question that was asked at the forum, but ours would be, “If you were Governor and Kathy Campbell’s “Wellness in Nebraska” bill made it to your desk would you sign it or not?” That might make things crystal clear.
After we noted in our last post Attorney General candidate Doug Peterson’s endorsement by former Governor Kay Orr, we received a missive from AG candidate Mike Hilgers, who wanted to let us know about his multiple endorsements.
- State Senator Charlie Janssen
- State Senator Tyson Larson
- State Senator Scott Lautenbaugh
- State Senator Ken Schilz
- Lincoln City Councilman Roy Christensen
- Lincoln City Councilman Trent Fellers
- Omaha City Councilwoman Aimee Melton
- Lancaster County Commissioner Brent Smoyer
- Lancaster County Commissioner Roma Amundson
- Millard School Board member Mike Kennedy
- Former Dean of Creighton Law School, Patrick Borchers
At some point we will need someone to do an algorithm on how many state Senators equal a former Governor, how many City Councilpersons equal a former Mayor, etc.
It’s all gotta be math.