Sabin Russell Science Writer


The Real Keystone Story is Here (in Nebraska)

A fine piece by Saul Elbein coming out in the Sunday New York Times Magazine about the heroic, four-year struggle to stop the Keystone XL pipeline and the small band of remarkable Americans who are standing in its way.  Please read it, and pass it on.

Jane Kleeb NYT

This is Jane Kleeb, Executive Director, Bold Nebraska. Photo: Michael Friberg for the New York Times

An excerpt: Among the farmers in the York Community Center was a petite, progressive organizer with close-cropped hair named Jane Kleeb (pronounced Klehb). She was the reason they were there. The fight over the Keystone XL has largely been portrayed as one about climate change, in which environmental groups like the National Wildlife Federation and are pitted against the fossil-fuel industry. But what has kept the pipeline out of the ground so far, more than anything, has been Kleeb’s ability to convince mostly­ conservative farmers and ranchers that they are the ones being asked to bear all the risk of Canada’s energy expansion. If something goes wrong, she says, they’re the ones who are going to suffer. Kleeb didn’t need to persuade all of the people in the room to be angry — many of the state’s landowners are plenty wary of what they see as the pipeline’s risks — but she has organized them to take on Trans­Canada and more or less their state’s entire political power structure. Days earlier, thanks to her efforts, a state district court had thrown the construction into limbo. Read the whole story here.

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