Green Notes Week of December 30, 2012

Please endorse four principles on radioactive waste, including no more generation, at a Nuclear Information and Resource Service petition to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The comment period on NRC’s new nuclear waste rules ends January 2, 2013.

Lincoln area: Congressional District 1

VIGIL AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY . . . Every Monday, noon to 1:00pm, Nebraskans for abolition of the death penalty meet in front of the governor’s mansion when weather is good, 1425 H Street, Lincoln. When weather is bad, the vigil is inside the capitol, near the Information Desk. The lunch-hour presence reminds the governor of a constituency that does not want state killings. Weekly vigils have taken place year-round since July, 1991. All abolitionists are welcome to participate for a few minutes, or the hour.

LINCOLN PEACE VIGILS . . . Lincoln peace vigils continue at the Federal Building, 15th and O streets, every Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:00pm. Contact Mark at 402.499.6672 or e-mail mark [at] weddleton [dot] com for more information.

OCCUPY EDUCATION LINCOLN . . . Occupy Education Lincoln and the Calvary United Methodist Church, 1610 South 11th Street, Lincoln, (corner of South 11th and Garfield Streets) will hold weekly Workshop/Skills Teaching Sessions, The Repair Cafe, every Thursday, starting at 5:30pm. (The time coincides with the start of FoodNet.)  Toss It? No Way! Fix it, find another use, use some of its parts, recycle it, and say no to the throw away culture. Everything and everyone has value. We must discover the value. For more information, contact Barbara van den Berg, 402.488.6926, barbvandenberg [at] hotmail [dot] com.

AUDUBON NATURE WALK . . . Saturday, January 5, 2013, the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center will offer a morning and afternoon “New Year Winter Walkabout,” exploring some of the more remote parts of the priarie near Denton. The morning session is from 10:00am to noon, and the afternoon session is from 1:00 to 3:00pm. For more information, and to register, phone 402.797.2301, or e-mail scp [at] audubon [dot] org. Find directions to Spring Creek Prairie here. [pdf]

TALK ON CLIMATE CHANGE . . . Sunday, January 6, 2013, 1:00pm, Dr. Lucas Sabalka will speak on climate change at the Lincoln Unitarian Church, 6300 A Street. Sabalka is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at St. Louis University. EveryOne is invited to learn more about climate change at this free presentation, and review the progress we have made in Nebraska.

OCCUPY LINCOLN . . . There is a calendar of Occupy Lincoln events here. The Facebook page is here.  The Twitter feed is @OccupyLincoln. For more information, e-mail occupylincoln [at] gmail [dot] com or phone 402.585.5865. Corporate Greed is Revolution’s Seed!

Omaha area: Congressional District 2

OMAHA PEOPLE’S FILM FESTIVAL . . . There is a People’s Film Festival every Wednesday, 7:00pm, at McFoster’s Natural Kind Cafe, 38th and Harney in Omaha. Wednesday, January 2, 2013, the film will be “Even The Rain (Tambien La Lluvia),” a fictional quest to make a film against all odds, set against the back drop of the real life “Water Wars,” fought against the privatization of Bolivia’s water supply in the year 2000. The film is anchored in the philosophies of historian Howard Zinn. The People’s Film Festival – Expanding Political Consciousness Since 2004.

OMAHA PEACE VIGILS . . . Every Saturday, 1:00-2:00pm, there is a Peace Vigil at the northwest corner of 72nd and Dodge Streets in Omaha. Park next to 72nd Street, in the pet store lot. Contact Steve Horn, 402.426.9068, for more information about Saturday vigils.

ATM LEAFLETTING IN OMAHA . . . An Alternatives To the Military supporter who lives in Omaha would like to put together and participate in a local leafletting group there. She wants to start small–maybe leafletting at just one or two schools. If you have an interest in joining a Omaha ATM group, please contact Kevin Haake, The FB link is  Twitter is
Leafletting in Omaha.

ENGAGE OMAHA . . . One of the nation’s first city-wide, virtual town hall websites, EngageOmaha, is now online. Omaha residents may weigh in on issues for the city to consider. Pick a topic, and join the mix at

Greater Nebraska: Congressional District 3

KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE UPDATE . . . “Pipeline Safety Enters National Spotlight in 2012,” by Lisa Song, InsideClimate News, was published December 26, 2012. It begins “After news broke that human error caused the Enbridge oil spill and fears spread over Keystone XL, pipeline safety moved into the mainstream.” Page 2 of the article includes a map of the Sand Hills, and proposed routes.
The TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline is Number One of the “Top Three Dirty Energy Battles to Watch in 2013,” followed by Fracking, and Oil and Gas Subsidies. Beth Buczynski, Care2, reports “three issues that were put on hold during the campaign season, despite the fact that they directly threaten the lives and livelihoods of millions of Americans” in the Reader Supported News article published December 26, 2012.
From “Idle No More Sweeps Canada and Beyond as Aboriginals Say Enough is Enough,” by David P. Ball, Indian Country Today, December 26th, “Indigenous activists used social media websites to organize round dances, highway blockades, protests and ceremonies from east to west of the country.”
Quoting “Pipeline proposal heading toward showdown over First Nations rights,” by Dene Moore, Vancouver Sun, December 13th, “As the review hearings into the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline progress, it seems increasingly likely that the debate about the oil pipeline — an oil pipeline, any oil pipeline — will end in a showdown between the federal government and First Nations over aboriginal rights.”
Brief local Channel 10/11 tv coverage of a Christmas Eve Keystone XL pipeline protest at the governor’s mansion, “Pipeline Foes Send ‘Grinch’ to Governor’s House,” features Bold Nebraska’s Ben Gotschall.
Study Finds Flaws in Pipeline Leak Detection Systems,” by Dan Frosch, December 21st in the New York Times, links to a new federal report, and previous reports, showing that “members of the general public are more likely to identify oil and gas spills than the pipeline companies’ own leak detection systems.”
On December 20th, Fuel Fix posted “Keystone XL foes say fed study should consider climate effects,” by Jennifer Dlouhy. “The Obama administration is set to unveil a fresh environmental analysis of the Keystone XL pipeline as early as this week, but critics say that study won’t be complete unless it considers climate change costs tied to the $7 billion project.” The article concludes “Both the environmental review and the national interest determination will need to consider new factors that go directly to the question of whether we need Keystone XL and whether it is actually in the U.S. national interest.”
Nebraska Easement Action Team (NEAT) Attorney Brian Jorde talks to landowners about Eminent Domain, Landowner Easements, and the Keystone XL Pipeline at the 99th Annual Nebraska Farmers Union (NeFU) Convention in a 21:53 minute video, published December 19th.
           It is time for President Obama to draw a line in the tar sands, and reject the Keystone XL pipeline.  Click here to sign a CredoAction petition to President Obama. The petition reads: “If you are committed to fighting climate change, you must reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. You simply cannot have it both ways.” If you are on Facebook, click here to post the petition to your Wall. If you have a Twitter account, click here to automatically tweet:
Tell @BarackObama: You can’t have it both ways on climate change. Reject the Keystone XL pipeline.
Sign a Natural Resources Defense Council Action Alert telling Congress to reject all attempts to force approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline by attaching it to any unrelated legislation. The Keystone XL will deliver billions in profits to Big Oil while the people get stuck with poisoned water, contaminated land and an overheated planet.
Dear President Obama: 171 reasons to deny the pipeline.
           “The Keystone pipeline will spew a massive amount of carbon pollution into our fragile atmosphere. It should be stopped. ” –Jill Stein, 2012 Green Party Presidential Nominee.

STOP FRACKING NOW . . . 4 Scary New Finds About Fracking, by Tara Lohan for Alternet, adds to the continually growing list of warnings about fracking.
From “Five Effects of Fracking You May Not Know About” by Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet: “What comes to mind when you think of fracking? Perhaps it’s images of tap water being lit on fire or stories of families suffering health problems after nearby wells are fracked. Indeed, the health and environmental impacts of fracking are being documented, but it’s important to know that fracking is a catalyst for widespread negative consequences.” Petition Congress: “We, the undersigned, call on Congress to pass the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act this year. It’s time to hold the oil and gas production industry to the same standards as any other industry to ensure the safe protection of America’s drinking water.”
A new article, “Fracking Our Food Supply,” was published by Reader Supported News, and Truthout published “Fracking’s Health Calamaties Left to Fester,” both on December 1, 2012.

BUY FRESH. BUY LOCAL . . . . Farmers, gardeners, and craftspeople meet through The Nebraska Food Cooperative, an on-line, year-round farmers’ market and local food distribution service offering the best in local freshness. For ordering and pickup schedules, refer to the calendar here.  Click here for products and prices from North Star Neighbors, a Cooperative member that doesn’t therapeutically medicate or unduly confine animals. Click here for Tomato Tomäto, Omaha’s year-round indoor Farmer’s Market at 156th & West Center. Shop for fresh foods grown in or very near your own community at Open Harvest, Lincoln’s member-owned natural foods retail cooperative at 1618 South Street. Buying local grows family farming, grows the local economy, and is thousands of miles fresher.

HELP NEBRASKA GREENS WITH GOODSEARCH . . . Each time you search the Internet (or shop online at a participating store), a donation can be made to Nebraska Green Party at no cost to you! To help NGP in this way, enter Nebraska Green Party where it asks you to name your cause here.  Bookmark the GoodSearch Homepage, or make it your own Home Page. Enter the url you want in the GoodSearch search box. Each time you do, one penny will be donated to Nebraska Greens. THANK YOU for your support!

Remember, every man-made by-product of the petroleum industry could be replaced by hemp. “Help Save the Earth, Time to Substitute Hemp for oil.