In Nebraska, there is still no permitted route for Keystone. Eighty-five landowners are refusing to give up their land to make way for the pipeline, and thousands more people are rallying to deny TransCanada their Nebraska permit for Keystone XL. They’re asking pipeline fighters from across the United States to support these efforts by submitting comments to Nebraska’s Public Service Commission urging them to include climate in their assessment and oppose the permit.
If built, this pipeline would poison our climate, air, water, land and communities, and violate Indigenous rights. Take action now to urge the Nebraska Public Service Commission to consider climate in their assessment of whether Keystone XL is in the public interest and to deny the permit for the project.
Send a message to the Commission via 350.org
From the Columbus Telegram:
National environmental groups and the company seeking to build the Keystone XL pipeline fired separate legal volleys Thursday over the contentious project.
Environmental groups — including one that got its start in Nebraska — made good on a promise to file a lawsuit seeking to reverse President Donald Trump’s green-lighting of the Keystone XL project.
Meanwhile, TransCanada filed a motion with the Nebraska Public Service Commission urging it to reject 56 people and groups seeking intervener status in the review of the Keystone XL route through the Cornhusker state, including the Nebraska Ponca and Yankton Sioux tribes and environmental and public-health advocacy groups.
More than 100 people and organizations, including more than 90 landowners and three labor unions, have petitioned to intervene, which would allow them to file legal briefs, cross-examine witnesses and present formal arguments to the PSC alongside TransCanada’s attorneys.
Read the full story.
From the Lincoln Journal Star:
Nebraska corn farmer Art Tanderup was just about to head to his workshop Friday morning to overhaul his 30-year-old field sprayer in preparation for spring planting when his phone rang.
President Donald Trump had granted a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, the voice on the line said.
Pipeline manufacturer TransCanada wants to plant a half-mile of the crude-oil pipe across a field where Tanderup and wife Helen have planted red, blue, white and speckled corn sacred to the Ponca Tribe, part of their ongoing protest of the project.
While Tanderup knew it was coming, Trump’s official reversal of former President Barack Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL struck a sour note.
“We’re quite disappointed,” Tanderup said. “Now we’re looking what we can do to stop it, and obviously that is through the Nebraska Public Service Commission.”
Read the full story.
From Omaha Green Drinks:
Let’s shake off winter and embrace the upcoming Spring weather at this week’s meeting!
This is a friendly reminder that Omaha Green Drinks will be taking place this upcoming Wednesday, March 22, at 5:30 p.m. at Whole Foods Market (10020 Regency Parkway, Omaha).
Carpool, cycle, walk, or ride the bus! This is a great way to network, inspire, share ideas, and catch up with other “Green” people. Looking forward to seeing you!
Please RSVP on Facebook.
From Nebraska League of Conservation Voters:
Please join us Thursday, March 16, for the Lincoln City Council Candidate forum – all of the candidates have committed to attending.
- When: Thursday, March 16th, 7:00 PM
- Where: The AULD, 1650 Memorial Drive, Lincoln, NE 68508
The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Please RSVP to attend.
This candidate forum provides an opportunity for voters to get to know the candidates and their positions, as well as highlight the differences in their proposed policies. All candidates have committed to attending. Candidates running for Lincoln City Council include:
- Leirion Gaylor Baird (Incumbent)
- Roy Christensen (Incumbent)
- Bennie Shobe
- Brayden McLaughlin
- Lou Braatz
- Tom Nesbitt
- Maggie Squires
- Deb Andrews
The questions asked during the forum will encompass a wide range of issues in order to provide the most informative experience possible for those in attendance. Candidates may be asked questions about energy and the environment, as well as sustainable growth, fiscal responsibility, government transparency, transportation, infrastructure, neighborhoods and housing, public safety, and education.
The forum is hosted by the Nebraska League of Conservation Voters (NLCV), NeighborWorks Lincoln, Witherbee Neighborhood Association, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Friends of Wilderness Park, and several other Neighborhood Associations.
In solidarity with 350.org, NRDC, and other organizations participating in the April 29 People’s Climate March in Washington DC, the Nebraska Green Party is organizing a Solidarity March/Rally at Gene Leahy Mall in downtown Omaha. The event begins at noon. The march starts at 2 p.m.
2016 Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate Ajamu Baraka has accepted our invitation to speak at the Omaha event!
Learn more about this “human rights defender whose experience spans four decades of domestic and international education and activism” at his website: A Voice from the Margins.
Can’t be there in person? The event will be live-streamed at the RealProgressives Facebook page.
If you’re not already a subscriber, then you don’t know what you’re missing. Join a Nebraska Green Party listserv to learn about Green events and issues near your home. Also keep up on national and international events with links to stories from Truthout, Reader Supported News, AlterNet, and more. Let Mj’s “Good News” digest brighten your inbox! (Subscribe to see what we mean.)
- Congressional District 1 (Lincoln, Columbus, Norfolk): Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Congressional District 2 (Omaha metro): Send a message to email@example.com.
- Statewide: Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, Mj announced a new format for the digest beginning in February:
Hello Greens. We’ve decided to make a little change in the NGP Digests. We hope it will be helpful for readers.
We will now send local action alerts and event notices separately from the Digests. Digests will continue to bring You as much Good News as possible from sources we’ve used for years: Jill Stein and the Green Party of the US, Reader Supported News, Truthout, Democracy Now!, AlterNet, Daily Kos, as well Lincoln Journal Star, Nebraskans For Peace, and other local sources. (We’ll also bring you less than good news when it seems necessary, but You can always find that elsewhere.)
Action alerts have sometimes gotten lost in the mix of national news and commentary. Thus, the change.
Using the INDIVISIBLE model, we need resistance to be collective, constant, and local. We hope this change will make it easier to stay aware of local actions and events that need Your support.
Get involved with a discussion about the Nebraska Green Party’s future, including ballot access in 2018. Pick up a new NGP t-shirt and a petition or two. We’re gathering signatures again.
- WHEN: Sunday, February 19, 3 to 5 p.m.
- WHERE: Aroma’s Coffeehouse, 1033 Jones Street, Omaha.
Check out the Facebook event.
INDIVISIBLE Lincoln is organizing this event in response to Senator Fischer’s disregard for citizen concerns about recent legislation and appointments:
- WHAT: Rally in Lincoln
- WHEN: Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
- WHERE: Grand Manse, 129 North 10th Street, Lincoln, outside Fischer’s meeting with LIBA, a Lincoln special interest group.
Read more and join the Facebook event.
We have a new supply of American Apparel Nebraska Green Party t-shirts, made by the local Green-identified Lincoln business Screen Ink. They will be available at this Sunday’s February 19th Omaha NGP meeting, or before, in Lincoln, by e-mailing mjberry (at) inebraska.com. Sunday’s meeting is at 3 p.m. at Aroma’s Coffeehouse, 1033 Jones St. (Join the Facebook event.)