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5 things to know about the 2014 Nebraska elections
SFGate.com - With so many open races on the Nebraska ballot, voters have a lot to absorb. Here are five questions to consider about contests for governor, U.S. Senate and other offices.

Ruling on Keystone XL pipeline could come down to 2 key points
Omaha.com - The nearly six-year odyssey of the Keystone XL pipeline could turn this week in 30 minutes. The Nebraska Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Friday morning on a constitutional challenge involving one of the most bitterly fought environmental battles in a generation. President Barack Obama is awaiting a ruling from Nebraska before moving closer to deciding the fate of the massive oil pipeline.

Final Keystone XL report: No major boost in greenhouse gasses
Watchdog.org - Canadian pipeline company TransCanada first applied for permission to build the pipeline in late 2008, but it ran into a wall of opposition in Nebraska.

Justin Trudeau accuses Stephen Harper of failing to make the case
Straight.com - Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has claimed that opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline is not rooted in science. ... objections to the proposed 1,897-kilometre crude-oil pipeline between Hardisty, Alberta, and Steele City, Nebraska.

Neb. congressional delegation on Keystone report
Grand Island Independent - Most in Nebraska's all-Republican congressional delegation turned their ... environmental objections to construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Four takeaways from State Department's review of the Keystone XL
Washington Post (blog) - The harder question, then, is whether the Keystone XL pipeline itself is ... --Note that the southern leg of Keystone, which stretches from Nebraska to ...

Keystone report raises no major objections
Lincoln Journal Star - The long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada ... Jane Kleeb, a Nebraska landowner and director of Bold Nebraska, ...

Keystone XL oil pipeline clears significant hurdle
Las Vegas Sun - Foes say the pipeline would carry "dirty oil" that contributes to global ... carrying oil derived from tar sands in western Canada to a hub in Nebraska, ...

Keystone XL pipeline report sees 'no objections'
BBC News - The 1,179-mile (1,897km) pipeline would carry tar sand oil from Alberta in Canada to Nebraska. The oil would then be transported on existing pipes to ...

Moran, Holub say Keystone XL should move forward
The Republic - Keystone XL would travel through Montana and South Dakota before reaching Nebraska. The existing spur runs through Kansas and Oklahoma to ...

What's in Keystone XL oil pipeline report by US
WRAL.com - The 1,179-mile (1,897-kilometer) pipeline would travel through Montana and South Dakota to a hub in Nebraska, where it would connect with existing ...

Keystone Pipeline Clears A Hurdle, A Ways to Go Before Approval
NTV - The Keystone XL pipeline has cleared a big hurdle after the release of the U.S. State Department's final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) of the proposed route….

State Dept. Delivers Unwelcome News For Keystone Opponents
WJCT NEWS - A protest of the Keystone XL pipeline last March along its proposed route near Bradshaw, Nebraska. Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 .

Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada closer to approval
Farmington Daily Times - Keystone XL would travel through Montana and South Dakota before reaching Nebraska. An existing spur runs through Kansas and Oklahoma to ...

No major environmental impact from Keystone XL, DOS says
Oil & Gas Journal - The proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline's construction and operation ... for a cross-border permit in May 2012 after changing its route across Nebraska. ... "Each previous one has stated that building Keystone XL would not ...

Keystone XL oil pipeline clears significant hurdle
Billings Gazette - Oil derived from the tar sands generates about 17 percent more ... carrying oil derived from tar sands in western Canada to a hub in Nebraska, where it ...

Republican Senators urge Obama to move on Keystone XL pipeline
Chicago Tribune - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department is poised to issue an environmental review of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline that will ...

Report: Keystone XL pipeline 'won't boost oil sands use'
Fiji Broadcasting Corporation - The US state department has raised no major environmental objections to the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Nebraska, a new report finds.

Oklahoma governor wants approval of Keystone Pipeline
Tulsa World - Gov. Mary Fallin is calling on the Obama Administration to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Fallin renewed ...

What Others Are Saying: Obama needs pragmatism on new pipeline
DesMoinesRegister.com - In the wake of the U.S. State Department's finding last week that the 1,179-mile pipeline from west-central Canada to Nebraska is unlikely to alter ...

Mr. Obama, it's past time to open Keystone pipeline
Bowling Green Daily News - I used to live in Nebraska. The farmers in Nebraska, across whose land the Keystone Pipeline would run, are almost unanimous in their opposition to it ...

Broad coalition backs Keystone XL oil pipeline
NTV - Lee Terry, R-Neb., said GOP House leaders have no intention of attaching the pipeline to any must-pass legislation before a 90-day comment period ...

10 key numbers in the Keystone XL pipeline report
Lincoln Journal Star -1,950: That's how many construction workers would be employed for two years in Nebraska, Kansas, Montana and South Dakota to build the Keystone ...

Mr. President, approve Keystone XL
Bismarck Tribune -The northern stretch of the pipeline, which will carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to Nebraska, will pose no major environmental objections.

Keystone Pipeline Clears A Hurdle, A Ways to Go Before Approval
Jan. 31, 2014 - The Keystone XL pipeline has cleared a big hurdle after the release of the U.S. State Department's final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) of the proposed route. The Impact Statement raised no major environmental objections to Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, news that was welcomed by the Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence (NJEI). -Nebraska.tv

Oil Flows Through South Leg of Keystone XL, While North Leg Still Awaits Obama Administration Approval
Jan. 23, 2014 - For the last 24 hours, oil has been flowing -- from Cushing, Oklahoma to Nederland, Texas on the Gulf Coast -- through the south leg of the Keystone XL pipeline project. Meanwhile the north leg of the Keystone XL pipeline project -- from Steele City, Nebraska to Hardisty, Alberta – has waited 1,952 days already for approval by the Obama Administration.

Keystone's Red Tape Anniversary:
Five Years of Bureaucratic Delay and Economic Benefits Denied

Sept. 18, 2013 - Testimony to the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade
- Testimony of Dennis Houston - President and CEO, Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce
- Testimony of Ron Kaminski - Business Manager, Local #1140 Laborers' International Union of North America

33,423 Nebraskans: Build the Keystone XL Pipeline Now!
April 23 - Nebraskans for Jobs & Energy Independence partnered with Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) to help 33,423 Nebraska citizens petition the U.S. Department of State to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline because of the jobs, energy and economic security generated by the project. An Omaha World-Herald poll taken in the fall of 2012 found Nebraskans support construction of the Keystone XL pipeline by a 2 to 1 margin. -Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence

Keystone XL report updates 2011 study approving pipeline
Mar. 4 - The Keystone XL pipeline may or may not be more dangerous than other means of transporting oil from Canada's tar sands oilfields to refineries, but even if it's not built, those fields are likely to continue to be exploited. The draft report basically updates a 2011 study that virtually approved the project, which is designed to carry about 800,000 barrels of heavy crude oil from Alberta across the Great Plains to the Gulf Coast. -McCook Daily Gazette

Pro-Pipeline Group and Johanns, Positive Reaction to XL Study
Mar. 1 - Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence (NFJEI) welcomed the release of the State Department's draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the new Keystone XL pipeline route. "The operational finding here is that there was 'no significant environmental impact,'" said NFJEI spokesman Barry Rubin. "This is just the latest environmental review that provides compelling reasons to put Nebraskans to work constructing the Keystone XL pipeline." -Nebraska.tv

Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence Welcomes State Department's Keystone XL Environmental Report
Mar. 1 - Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence (NFJEI) welcomed the release of the State Department's draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the new Keystone XL pipeline route. "The operational finding here is that there was 'no significant environmental impact,'" said NFJEI spokesman Barry Rubin. "This is just the latest environmental review that provides compelling reasons to put Nebraskans to work constructing the Keystone XL pipeline." -Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence

Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence comments on governor's approval of reroute
Jan. 23 - Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence is pleased with the news that Governor Heineman has approved the new Keystone XL pipeline to avoid the Sandhills. "We applaud the Governor's decision to approve the proposed Keystone XL route in Nebraska," said NFJEI spokesman Barry Rubin. "With input from thousands of Nebraskans, this is a responsible decision that moves Nebraska and our nation one step closer to making us energy independent. Keystone XL will provide American consumers with a reliable, stable and safe source of oil and inject our economy with a needed boost of jobs and tax revenue." -Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence

Heineman approves Keystone XL route; pipeline's fate back in Obama's hands
Jan. 23 - Gov. Dave Heineman delighted supporters and deflated opponents of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline Tuesday when he approved a new route through Nebraska, saying the project represents a minimal environmental threat while holding substantial economic promise. The governor sent a 2 1/2-page letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, explaining that Nebraska's review of the new underground pipeline route found that it meets state standards. "Construction and operation of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, with mitigation and commitments from Keystone, would have minimal environmental impacts in Nebraska," the governor's letter stated. -Omaha World-Herald

Feds may weigh in soon on Keystone XL
Dec. 6 - A preliminary decision on the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline is expected from the U.S. State Department relatively soon, an official said. Nebraskans this week expressed opinions regarding the latest route proposal through the state from TransCanada, the company planning the pipeline. Nebraska regulators last month published a draft evaluation report for the pipeline, saying a route proposed by TransCanada avoids the ecologically sensitive Sand Hills. A State Department official was quoted by the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald as saying a federal environmental impact statement on the route was expected "in the near future." -UPI

Testimony of Barry Rubin
Dec. 4 - Barry Rubin, Vice Chairman of Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence, gave his testimony at the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality public hearing.

API frustrated over Keystone XL fight
Dec. 5 - It's time to wrap up debate on the Keystone XL oil pipeline and get to work on a project that could help U.S. energy security, a trade group said. Last month, protesters from advocacy group Tars Sands Blockade chained themselves to heavy machinery and blocked a construction area planned for a section of the domestic leg of the pipeline. Last week, the Natural Resources Defense Council stated U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice owns at least $300,000 worth of stock in TransCanada, the company planning Keystone XL. -UPI

Keystone XL hearing filled with passion
Dec. 5 - Minus the body blows, which weren't on the list of approved conduct, a Tuesday hearing on the Keystone XL pipeline might have reminded boxing enthusiasts of a 15-rounder between opponents who refused to give up. Between every set of short breaks in hours and hours of proceedings, another group of advocates and critics of TransCanada's proposed connection between Canadian oilsands and U.S. refineries rose for the next round at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Albion and hammered away. -Columbus Telegram

Pros and cons of Keystone XL aired one last time
Dec. 5 - Tom Briese had questions about the Keystone XL pipeline when he first learned that the controversial project was being rerouted across his farmland. Would it disrupt his operation? Would it contaminate the groundwater he pumps for irrigation? Would it be a good deal for him and his community? In the end, the Albion-area farmer said, he's become a supporter -- not only because the nation needs crude oil from Canada and jobs for a sluggish economy -- but also because it would deliver $800,000 or more a year in additional property taxes to the local school district. -Kerney Hub

Pros and cons of Keystone XL pipeline aired one last time
Dec. 5 - Tom Briese had questions about the Keystone XL pipeline when he first learned that the controversial project was being rerouted across his farmland. Would it disrupt his operation? Would it contaminate the groundwater he pumps for irrigation? Would it be a good deal for him and his community? In the end, the Albion-area farmer said, he's become a supporter -- not only because the nation needs crude oil from Canada and jobs for a sluggish economy -- but also because it would deliver $800,000 or more a year in additional property taxes to the local school district. -Omaha World-Herald

Hundreds debate pipeline
Dec. 5 - "This pipeline is good for America. It's good for Nebraska." "I've spent every waking moment fighting this pipeline and I'm not going to stop." "This will be the safest pipeline ever built." As has been seen and heard for the past four years, there are two distinctive sides in the battle over the Keystone XL pipeline. The line in the sand is prominent and as divided as ever. -York News Times

Public Hearing for Keystone XL Pipeline Draws Crowd
Dec. 5 - Hundreds of people for and against the Keystone XL pipeline cutting through Nebraska to transport crude oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast gathered in Albion Tuesday for the final hearing regarding the pipeline. Many groups from both sides were on hand, including Bold Nebraska, Union groups, TransCanada and individual land owners. This public hearing was expected to be the only one on the Keystone XL pipeline route. -Nebraska.tv

Views of Keystone XL pipeline clash in Albion
Dec. 5 -More than 600 people packed a hearing in Albion, Nebraska Tuesday night to discuss the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline. This was the first and only hearing on the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality's report on the proposed oil pipeline route. The pipeline is designed to transport oil from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada to refineries in Texas .-KVNO News

Passions run high at Keystone oil pipeline hearing
Dec. 5 - An estimated 800 people filled a huge metal county fairgrounds building Tuesday night to talk about a proposed $7 billion oil pipeline that would be built through Nebraska en route from Canada to Texas. If approved, the pipeline would be laid a couple of miles east of Albion, a town of about 1,800. A whopping 168 people signed up to testify at the hearing, which went from 6 p.m. until about 2 a.m. today. More than 100 people testified, but others left as the hour got late. Most of the testifiers opposed the project. -Nebraska Watchdog

Hundreds Attend Final Pipeline Debate
Dec. 5 - More than 800 people descended on the small town of Albion Tuesday night to give their final peace on a pipeline debate that's lasted for three years. Many of the same arguments were heard for and against the $7 billion project. Two men stood firm in their opposition, protecting the souls of thousands. "I know no one here would like to have their parents or grandparents dug up," said Gordon Adams, a Pawnee archeologist and tribesman. In the round robin, back and forth, of the pipeline debate, there's only one argument that no one can touch. "Between Genoa and Fullerton, there couldn't be a more sensitive area having to do with our sacred sites, cemeteries and archeology sites," he said. -Nebraska.tv

Keystone XL pipeline debated in Albion
Dec. 4 - By 4:30 p.m., some 90 minutes before Tuesday's hearing on the Keystone XL pipeline project was to begin, perhaps 50 people had formed a line in front of the building where the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality would be taking public testimony. Six-hundred folding chairs had been set up inside the Boone County Fairgrounds event center and tour buses full of supporters and opponents of TransCanada's proposed connection between the oil sands of Alberta and refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast were already rolling into the parking lot. By all indications, NDEQ officials would get an earful from those who want to see the $7 billion, 1,700-mile pipeline built and those who do not. -Beatrice Daily Sun

API: Approve Job-Creating Keystone XL Pipeline Project Now
Dec. 4 - API Downstream Manager Cindy Schild and API Central Region Director John Kerekes told reporters this morning that Americans overwhelmingly support the Keystone XL pipeline project, which could create many thousands of U.S. jobs and strengthen the nation's energy security. They urged President Obama to approve the project as soon as possible. -Oil and Gas Online

Public concerned with Keystone XL pipeline route
Dec. 4 - The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality took questions Tuesday about the Keystone XL pipeline route. Supporters and opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline gathered at the Boone County Fairgrounds for their last chance to make a public comment before the Department of Environmental Quality makes its final evaluation to Gov. Dave Heinemann. -KETV

Hundreds show up to Albion, NE public meeting about Keystone XL pipeline route
Dec. 4 - A public hearing on the proposed reroute of the Keystone XL Pipeline may need to resume on Wednesday morning. That's after nearly 1,000 people showed up to offer their opinion at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Albion, Nebraska, Tuesday. The event, hosted by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, allowed affected residents to read the DEQ's findings on the to have their voices heard regarding TransCanada's proposed pipeline reroute. -KTIV

API Awaits Outcome of Final Keystone XL Hearing
Dec. 4 - In anticipation of a long-awaited Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) public hearing on TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL (KXL) oil pipeline, the American Petroleum Institute (API) on Tuesday urged President Obama to approve the project. The DEQ's final hearing is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Central time Tuesday in Albion, Neb. On Oct. 30, 2012, the agency released its draft report on a revised KXL route that avoids the environmentally sensitive Sand Hills region in northeastern Nebraska. "With today's final [Nebraska] public hearing, the DEQ can conclude deliberations on this project," said API Central Region Director John Kerekes in a conference call with reporters Tuesday morning. -Rigzone

Tuesday hearing planned on TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline route through Nebraska
Dec. 4 - Nebraskans have another chance to let state regulators know at a public hearing what they think of a new oil pipeline route a Canadian company proposed. The Keystone XL pipeline TransCanada wants to build to carry crude oil to Gulf Coast refineries has proven controversial, and environmentalists say the project could contaminate groundwater reserves. -Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Got opinions on the Keystone XL pipeline? Speak out today in Albion
Dec. 4 - The state will hold a public hearing and information session today in Albion on the proposed route of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Jim Bunstock, a spokesman for the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, says there are a couple of parts to the hearing. -Nebraska Radio Network

Public gives feedback at XL Pipeline hearing
Dec. 4 - There have been rallies, and route changes. But, still no solutions when it comes to the Keystone XL Pipeline. And, the fight goes on tonight in Albion Nebraska. That's where opponents and supports of the pipeline will gather. The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality will explain their latest route before making final recommendations to the Governor. This is the final hearing on a report from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality before the DEQ makes their recommendations to the governor. -News 5 KHAS-TV

Tuesday Roundup
Dec. 4 - There is a hearing today (this evening, really) in Albion, Nebraska, to review the revised route of the Keystone XL pipeline through Nebraska, the Omaha World-Herald reports. -Daily Yonder

All roads lead to Albion for pipeline friends, foes
Dec. 4 - Proponents and opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline will descend on Albion for a hearing Tuesday presided over by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. The 6 p.m. event at the Boone County Fairgrounds is the only hearing the state's environmental regulator plans to hold on the alternative route TransCanada wants to use to get around the Nebraska Sandhills. -Journal Star

The Pipeline's Revised Route
Dec. 4 - A public hearing over the revised route of the Keystone XL pipeline is planned for today in Nebraska. The hearing comes ahead of a final decision by Governor Dave Heineman as to whether the revised route avoids an "ecologically sensitive" area of Nebraska. Heineman has spoken out in favor of the pipeline in the past. Nick Loris, an economist focusing on energy, environmental and regulatory issues with The Heritage Foundation, believes the governor will give his approval for the project. -One News Now

Hundreds Attend Final Pipeline Hearing
Dec. 4 - Before the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality submitted their final Keystone XL report to Governor Dave Heineman, they held a public hearing in Albion. NDEQ Director Mike Linder says they've already been taking into account what Nebraskans had to say at earlier hearings. "Back in May we heard concerns about certain parts of the route, and we shared some similar concerns and provided that feedback to the company and they did adjust the route in some areas," says Linder. TransCanada says their new route avoids the region the NDEQ identified as the Sandhills, and the NDEQ says TransCanada moved the potential pipeline farther from the drinking water sources of communities like Clarks and Western and will be testing domestic and livestock wells near the line. -1011.com

Nebraskans get another chance to voice opinions over pipeline
Dec. 4 - Tuesday's meeting is the first and only public meeting before the project goes to the governor's desk. TransCanada has moved the pipeline away from the Sandhills, but opponents still have environmental concerns. It's a packed house Tuesday as the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality listens to hours of testimony, both sides extremely passionate about the pipeline. -KLKN TV 8 Eyewitness News

Nebraskans get final say in TransCanada's new Keystone XL pipeline route
Dec. 3 - A tiny town in rural Nebraska is expected to draw a big crowd on Tuesday for a public hearing into TransCanada's new Keystone XL pipeline route.Both Nebraska officials and the Calgary-based energy giant say the new route skirts the environmentally sensitive Sandhills region of the state, a critical sticking point in the approval process that resulted in U.S. President Barack Obama rejecting TransCanada's original application earlier this year. Environmentalists, meantime, charge the new route does no such thing and insist a crucial state aquifer remains at risk, setting the stage for what's sure to be a contentious hearing on the fairgrounds of the town of Albion. -Global Edmonton

Big crowd expected for Keystone XL pipeline hearing
Nov. 27 - Both supporters and opponents of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline are expected to turn out in force for an information session and public hearing in Albion next Tuesday, Dec. 4. -Albion News

Albion hearing last chance to comment on Keystone XL Pipeline
Nov. 17 - Now that a new route for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline has been presented that skirts the ecologically sensitive Sandhills, another public hearing will allow people to give the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality comments about the new route before the agency drafts its final report. "Input from Nebraskans has been tremendously helpful for our work so far," said Mike Linder, director of the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. "Prior to finalizing the report and submitting it to the governor, we will carefully consider all additional comments made through the end of the hearing." -The Independent

Did Keystone XL pipeline fight overstate issues?
Nov. 1, 2012 - When pipeline company TransCanada announced plans for a $7 billion Keystone XL oil pipeline -- an expansion of an existing line -- the reaction was far from muted. The pipeline, which eventually would run from Alberta, Canada, to Texas, originally was proposed to cross Nebraska's sensitive Sandhills area and the Ogallala Aquifer. TransCanada has since altered the route. The expansion has stirred a political firestorm. It started in Nebraska with local fears of water contamination and other environmental concerns, but it quickly became a much bigger issue. A political football in Washington, D.C., the pipeline issue found its way into all stripes of negotiations on Capitol Hill. It even became an issue in the race for president. The hyperbole on both sides was endless. The reality? Well, that's a bit more complicated. -Souix City Journal, (opinion)

The U.S. cannot afford to tax energy producers more
Oct. 3, 2012 - Gasoline prices are at all-time highs. As a result, energy policy concerns echo in boardrooms and family rooms across the U.S. At a recent House Energy Committee hearing on"The American Energy Initiative," Harold Hamm, the top energy adviser of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, warned that President Obama's proposed repeal of the energy tax provisions for oil and natural gas producers (including a manufacturing tax deduction that all U.S. manufacturers receive) would decrease drilling activity by 40 percent. Can the U.S. afford that? -The Great Debate, Reuters (opinion)

Whatley welcomes Keystone XL to reduce dependence on foreign oil
Sept. 29, 2012 - The proposed Keystone XL pipeline "will be the safest pipeline ever built," Michael Whatley, executive vice president of the Consumer Energy Alliance, said Wednesday. Speaking at the Platte Institute's Nebraska's Energy Future meeting, Whatley said the pipeline will serve a critical political need: It will reduce American dependence on foreign oil. -Kerney Hub

Nebraskans show strong support for Keystone XL pipeline
Sept. 26, 2012 - Nebraskans support construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline through the state by more than 2-to-1. Sixty-one percent approve of the 36-inch-diameter, high-pressure crude oil pipeline, according to The World-Herald Poll, while 28 percent disapprove. Proponents of the project said they weren't surprised and called it a signal to move forward. -Omaha World-Herald

Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence applauds submission of new Keystone XL route
Sept. 5, 2012 - The details of a revised Keystone XL Pipeline route were announced today when TransCanada submitted a Supplemental Environmental Report to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ). The new route bypasses the Sandhills and other environmentally sensitive areas of Nebraska. -Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence

Keystone tax value tops $500 million
Aug. 13, 2012 - Ten Nebraska counties will benefit from the $538.5 million assessed valuation of the Keystone pipeline when local property taxes are paid next year. That's up from $145.2 million last year. -Lincoln Journal Star

Could Keystone Pipeline bring an economic boom?
Aug. 3, 2012 - Sean Hannity investigates the potential economic benefits from the Keystone XL pipeline and discusses the project with Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce President Dennis Houston and Congressman Lee Terry. -FoxNews

Keystone XL Receives Support from Thousands of Nebraskans
July 31, 2012 - Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence, in conjunction with Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), announced the submission of 32,601 individual comments from Nebraskans calling on the U.S. Department of State to swiftly approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The comments urge the agency to examine only those environmental impact issues associated with the new route through Nebraska in its supplement review. -Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence

CNOOC'S Nexen Deal Shows How Obama Pushed Canada Toward China
July 23, 2012 - When President Barack Obama rejected the Keystone XL oil pipeline, it spurred Canada to look to China as a new partner that could serve as a market for the increasing oil production coming out of Canada's tar sands. Now, half a year following Obama's decision, Canada's vital oil industry appears to be drifting to China. -Forbes

The Hunt to Unlock Oil Sands
July 23, 2012 - Ten years ago, new oil field technologies unlocked vast crude supplies from western Canada's oil-sands deposits, propelling America's northern neighbor to the top echelon of the world's petroleum repositories. Now oil companies here are experimenting with technologies that could unlock even more reserves from what is some of the world's heaviest and stickiest petroleum. The new technologies could also drive down the cost of producing oil in Canada. -Wall Street Journal

Christie Signs Solar Bill Increasing NJ Energy Requirement
July 23, 2012 - New Jersey utilities will be required to buy more solar energy under legislation signed today by Governor Chris Christie. Utilities including Public Service Electric & Gas and Jersey Central Power & Light will need to get 2.05 percent of their electricity from solar projects in 2014, up from less than 0.5 percent now. -Bloomberg

With Keystone in limbo, VFW helps vets get work on Canada's section
July 4, 2012 - U.S. veterans looking for jobs have a new employment opportunity -- in Canada, working on that country's section of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Though the push to start building the Canada-to-Texas oil route has been delayed in the United States amid political and environmental disputes, the Veterans of Foreign Wars is part of a deal that would send veterans and transitional active-duty soldiers across the border to fill as many as 114,000 skilled-labor jobs. -FoxNews

U.S. must encourage development of Canadian oil sands, mitigation of CO2 emissions, new Rice University study says
June 11, 2012 - To successfully reduce the United States' dependence on fuels from outside North America, the government must pursue policies that foster the diversion of Canadian oil sands crude to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries, according to a new study by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.-Rice University

Siemens, Gamesa Exporting US Made Wind Turbines
June 5, 2012 - Siemens AG (SIE) and Gamesa Corp. Tecnologica SA (GAM) plan to export wind turbines from their U.S. factories as domestic demand stagnates before a renewable-energy tax credit expires in December. -Bloomberg Businessweek

Oil Boom Strikes Kansas
May 23, 2012 - Oil rigs are springing up in farmer's fields. "No vacancy" signs hang in the windows of local motels, and a steady stream of trucks barrel through Main Streets. Along the state's southern border, the once-quiet farm towns are quickly transforming into boomtowns. -CNN Money

Europe Awash with Quality Oil as US Imports Fall
May 22, 2012 - Europe is facing a glut of high quality crude oil grades, only a year after war in Libya created a serious shortage, as the continent's demand falls and the United States cuts imports due to greater availability of domestic supply. -Reuters

Obama to Tout Renewable Energy in Iowa
May 22, 2012 - President Obama will travel to Iowa on Thursday to put pressure on Congress to quickly extend key renewable-energy tax credits, the White House said. Obama will tout the tax credits during a speech at TPI Composites, a wind turbine blade manufacturer in Newton, Iowa. The news was first reported by the Des Moines Register and confirmed by the White House on Tuesday morning. -The Hill

Central City Residents Meet to Discuss Pipeline
May 8, 2012 - On Friday, TransCanada submitted a new application to the US State Department for the new route for the Keystone XL pipeline. Residents in Merrick County would be affected by the route. That's where News 5's Josh Egbert was Tuesday at an informational meeting. -KHAS-TV

Pro-Pipeline Holds Townhall
May 8, 2012 - They're the meetings before the meetings taking place along the pipeline route. On Tuesday, pro-pipeline advocates spread their message in Central City; the center of much debate. -Nebraska.tv

Warren Buffet Expresses Support for Keystone XL Pipeline
May 8, 2012 - Warren Buffett says he supports building the Keystone XL pipeline. Monday, Buffett was asked about the project that would cross Nebraska on Fox Business Network. The Berkshire Hathaway CEO says he is not an expert on the project, but he thinks it generally makes sense to build the pipeline. -KHAS-TV

Salazar Activates First Solar Power Project on US Land
May 7, 2012 - U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar activated today a 50-megawatt power plant that was developed by First Solar Inc. and is the first on U.S. public land. The Silver State North project in Nevada's Ivanpah Valley, south of Las Vegas, is owned by Enbridge Inc., Canada's largest oil-pipeline company, and generates enough electricity for about 9,000 homes. -Bloomberg

Public Support Slips for Steps to Curb Climate Change
May 7, 2012 - From gas-mileage standards to tax breaks for windmills, public support for "green" energy measures to tackle global warming has dropped significantly in the past two years, particularly among Republicans, a new poll suggests. -USA Today

Pipeline Advocates Present Food for Thought at O'Neill Luncheon
May 4, 2012 - Thursday, the group "Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence" sponsored a luncheon to explain plans and answer questions about the revised Keystone XL pipeline proposal. -1011now.com

Folks Around Neligh, NE in Favor of Pipeline Project
May 2, 2012 - Folks from northeast Nebraska had an opportunity to hear from experts about the new proposed route of the Keystone XL oil pipeline that would take it close to their homes. "I'm going to be living within four miles of where the pipeline does go through, but I feel safe. I'd feel safe if it went under my property where I live at," George Lierman of Oakdale, NE. -KTIV

TransCanada Reapplies for Keystone
May 4, 2012 - TransCanada Corp. reapplied for a permit Friday to carry oil sands crude across the U.S. border as part of the Keystone XL pipeline project. The company submitted the application nearly four months after President Obama rejected the same permit, setting off a political firestorm. -The Hill

NFJEI to Environmental Activists: Respect the Process for the New Keystone XL Route
Apr. 20, 2012 - Upon news of the Nebraska route proposal, environmental activists are alleging it still crosses Sandhills, apparently disputing the Sandhills map from NDEQ and federal agencies. Nebraskans for Jobs & Energy Independence called on environmental activists to respect the Nebraska review process. -Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence

Keystone XL Nebraska Re-Route Authorized, Jobs to Follow
Apr. 12, 2012 - Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence praised Nebraska lawmakers for their overwhelming approval of Legislative Bill 1161, which will restart a state-based review of the Keystone XL pipeline. Governor Heineman is expected to sign it into law. -Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence

Obama's Upcoming Visit to keystone Pipeline Site: "So Hypocritical and So Ironic"
Mar. 19, 2012 - On Thursday, as part of a roadshow for his "all of the above" energy strategy, President Obama is scheduled to visit Cushing, Okla., home to the world's biggest oil storage complex. There he will tour a yard where TransCanada is storing pipes to be used in building the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline. -Forbes

U.S. Needs a National Energy Policy, Now
Mar. 18, 2012 - Perhaps the upward creep of gasoline prices will be enough to force Washington to deliver a national energy policy. One can only hope. The nation needs cohesive thinking on the future of oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear and alternative energy. -Bismark Tribune, editorial

George W. Bush Says Keystone Pipeline Is a "No-Brainer"
Mar. 13, 2012 - TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from landlocked Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast, is a "no-brainer" that would create jobs and bolster the economy, former President George W. Bush said on Tuesday. -Newsmax

The Battle of Keystone XL Continues
Mar. 13, 2012 - As gas prices continue to rise to over five dollars a gallon, this administration appears to be doing nothing. Actually, what they are doing is pandering to a group of the president's Democratic supporters by rejecting the Keystone Pipeline XL. American Thinker interviewed some experts to get their opinions about this issue. -American Thinker

Keystone XL Construction of Gulf Coast Project to Create Jobs, Benefit Energy Consumers
Feb. 28, 2012 - Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence supports the announcement made by TransCanada that they will begin construction on the Gulf Coast project portion of the Keystone XL pipeline, from Cushing, Oklahoma to Houston, Texas. This news will bring stability to American energy prices and is an important step towards reducing American dependence on OPEC. -Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence

Legislature Can Help on Pipeline
Feb. 26, 2012 - It's aggravating to watch Rep. Lee Terry and his cronies pat themselves in the back on the Keystone XL pipeline. The GOP Beltway buddies think they have turned the pipeline into an issue that will hurt President Barack Obama's chances for re-election. That remains to be proved. What is clear, however, is that Republican partisans have thoroughly gummed up the works. -Lincoln Journal Star, editorial

Alberta Minister Blames U.S. Politics for Pipeline
Feb. 16, 2012 - Alberta's finance minister said Wednesday that U.S. politics trumped what should have been a no-brainer decision to approve a proposed oil pipeline from Alberta to Texas. -Kearney Hub

TransCanada: More Oil, More Cost
Feb. 16, 2012 - The Keystone XL pipeline will carry more oil, be more expensive to build and won't completed until 2015, developer TransCanada Inc. indicated this week. -Omaha World-Herald

Lawmaker Wants to Proceed with Keystone XL Pipeline Route Study
Feb. 16, 2012 - Even though plans by TransCanada to build the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline have been stymied for now, one lawmaker wants to resurrect a plan for the state to pay for finding a route for the project through Nebraska. -Lincoln Journal Star

On Keystone, Nebraska's Heineman Is Not a 'No'
Jan. 18, 2012 - The White House is constantly citing the 'Republican governor of Nebraska' as a skeptic on the Keystone XL pipeline and a reason to delay or reject the project, but Gov. Dave Heineman's actual position is in favor of tentative approval. -Politico

NFJEI Reaction to the Obama Administration's Announcement of Keystone XL
Jan. 18, 2012 - Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence expressed disappointment today at the denial of the presidential permit, which would have green-lighted construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. "This is very disappointing for countless Nebraska workers who were counting on this project," said Barry Rubin, of Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence. "The denial of the permit for this project puts at risk thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue for Nebraska counties." -Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence

President Obama Will Be Sending a Clear Message with Keystone XL Decision
Jan. 18, 2012 - Oklahomans should hope President Barack Obama eventually comes to his senses and gives the go-ahead to construction of TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL pipeline, because it will mean jobs and revenue for our state. The pipeline, which would move oil from the tar sands of Canada to the Gulf Coast, seemed headed for approval before the administration, in a nod to environmentalists, changed course in November and said the project would be delayed until 2013 to allow further study. This came after three years of study, including the State Department's environmental review. Why propose waiting until 2013? Because there's an election first. -The Oklahoman, editorial

Iran Threat Should Prompt Keystone Rethink: Harper
Jan. 17, 2012 - Iran's threat to block the main oil shipping route out of the Gulf points to why the United States should approve the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Monday. -Reuters

If You Were President -- and Could Help Create Thousands of Jobs -- What Would You Do?
Jan. 12, 2012 - What would you do if you were president and, with one decision, could help create at least 20,000 jobs in the United States? That's the question posed by a new video released 21 days after President Obama signed legislation giving him until February 21st to decide on the popular Keystone XL pipeline extension. -Office of Speaker of the House John Boehner

North Dakota Senator John Hoeven underscores importance of Keystone XL Pipeline
Jan. 11, 2012 - Senator John Hoeven was joined by TransCanada's President (Energy and Oil Pipelines) Alex Pourbaix and MDU Resources President and CEO Terry Hildestad to underscore the importance of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Along with transporting Canadian crude, the pipeline will carry 100,000 barrels per day of oil from the U.S. Bakken to Oklahoma and Gulf Coast refineries, reducing truck traffic and improving crude prices in North Dakota while providing good jobs and greater energy independence for the nation. -Office of Sen. John Hoeven

Oklahoma Governor to President Obama: Approve Keystone Pipeline Now
Jan. 10, 2012 - Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to immediately approve the development of TransCanada's Keystone XL Pipeline. Under current law, the president has until February 21 to declare the pipeline "not in the national interest" or it is automatically approved. -Office of Gov. Mary Fallin

Job Creation and Our Energy Choices
Jan. 8, 2012 - TransCanada has been constructing and operating natural gas and oil pipelines for more than 60 years. We know what it takes to build multimillion-dollar pieces of infrastructure -- the amount of equipment, the materials and the number of workers. -The New York Times / IHT letters to the editor

TransCanada Does Not Compromise on Safety
Jan. 7, 2012 - Robert Jones, Vice-President, Keystone Pipelines, says "TransCanada is clear to every contractor, supplier and employee we do not compromise on safety -- ever." -Lincoln Journal Star, local view

Jobs Created by a Pipeline
Dec. 19, 2011- In the wake of our economic struggles, the United States has been looking for ways to grow our economy and put Americans back to work. There aren't many obvious solutions, but the Keystone XL oil pipeline is one of them. -The New York Times, letter to the editor

Alberta Study Disputes Oil Sands Corrosion Claim
Nov. 25, 2011 - An Alberta study has found that crude from the province's oil sands is no more corrosive to pipelines than conventional oil, but it points out there is no definitive peer-reviewed research on the issue, which has played a role in Keystone XL pipeline controversy. (NOTE: Download the corrosion study from Alberta Innovates or from NJEI.) -Reuters

Obama Asking Jobless to Sacrifice
Nov. 17, 2011 - President Obama, who has persistently been asking the rich for a tax sacrifice for the sake of their country, is hardly stopping there. He also wants thousands of America's jobless to make sacrifices, but not for the national good. No, these would be sacrifices to help secure Obama's re-election. -Kearney Hub

US Military Expands Presence Due to "Rising China"
Nov. 16, 2011 - "[I]t's a part of the U.S. sending a signal that we're going to be present, that we're going to continue to play the role of underpinning security in this part of the region. Part of that context is a rising China," Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes explained. -Fox News

Who to Trust on the Pipeline?
Nov. 8, 2011 - The Keystone XL Pipeline should be built now using the current route. It has been one of the most studied and scrutinized pipeline projects in recent history, and for good reason. But after all the alternate routes have been studied, the environmental impact statement says the current route is the safest. -Kerney Hub, letter

Cornell Study Ties to Extremist Green Movement Exposed!
Nov. 8, 2011 - Dr. Lara Skinner of the Cornell Institute testified about a study she conducted at the Cornell Institute that attacked job estimates surrounding the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Skinner's study was financed and co-produced with the Goodman Group, whose clients include the Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Fund, and Greenpeace USA and International. -Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence

It Is Not Possible for a Crude Oil Spill to Threaten the Viability of the Ogallala Aquifer
Nov. 8, 2011 - The impact of a potential oil spill on the aquifer would be limited to a very small area. TransCanada would be responsible for clean-up. Remediation would be required to meet state and federal standards and would ensure the protection of human health and the environment. In the highly unlikely event that groundwater wells were adversely impacted, TransCanada would be responsible for providing an alternative water supply. -Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence

Keystone XL Pipeline Is the Wrong Target for Protesters
Nov. 7, 2011 - Rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline won't reduce global carbon emissions or the risk of environmentally destructive spills. -Washington Post, opinion

Pipeline Benefits Would Be Great
Nov. 6, 2011 - The question before the Legislature during this special session is not environmental. It is fundamental. Are we Nebraskans going to allow environmentalists to use distortions to exercise a "green veto" on a much needed project of great benefit to both Nebraska and our nation? -Omaha World Herald, public pulse

Why the Hysteria Now?
Nov. 5, 2011 - The Keystone XL is another opportunity for Nebraska to expand our economic diversity in the 21st century. I fear this opportunity is being endangered by the NIMBY crowd and by the environmental extremists. -Lincoln Journal Star, letter

Pipeline Spill Would Be Minimal, Localized
Nov. 5, 2011 - Releases from pipelines transporting crude oil adversely impact groundwater quality only in the immediate vicinity of the release and do not contaminate large volumes of an aquifer. -Lincoln Journal Star, viewpoint

Defending the Current Route
Nov. 4, 2011 - Those pushing to reroute Keystone XL are not only disguising a more damaging intent, but have also staked out a position that puts them at odds with the most credible environmental assessment of the project to date. -Grand Island Independent, letter to the editor

Southern Power Stands Behind Keystone XL Pipeline
Nov. 3, 2011 - As the debate rages over the Keystone XL pipeline, some early supporters are surprised to see this become an international issue. For the staff and board at Southern Power, this is about economic development, and in their view -- outside interests trying to play politics. -Nebraska.TV

American Energy Security
Nov. 3, 2011 - The U.S. has a choice. Receive more oil from Canada -- the most secure, most stable and closest friend and ally it has in the world -- or get its oil from volatile, unstable, and often unfriendly regimes overseas that do not share America's values or common interests. -Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence

Friends of the Earth's False Claims about Keystone XL Pipeline and 91 Spills
Nov. 3, 2011 - The Stansbury/Friends of the Earth Report (Stansbury Report) attempts to build on a foundation of inaccurate assumptions that lead to greatly exaggerated estimates of releases of oil and consequences. This is simply the latest case of opportunistic fear-mongering, dressed up as an academic study. -Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence

Facts and Benefits of the Pipeline for Nebraska
Nov. 3, 2011 - Keystone XL will provide a safe and efficient way to transport a reliable supply of oil from America's closest friend and neighbor. The pipeline will also provide significant economic impact to Nebraska and the nation as a whole. -Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence

Pipeline Construction in Sandhills Native Rangelands
Nov. 3, 2011 - Native rangelands are important ecosystems that support a variety of uses such as livestock grazing, wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities. With over 50 years of experience building and operating pipelines, TransCanada has successfully reclaimed thousands of acres of native rangeland on pipeline rights-of-way throughout North America. -Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence

TransCanada: A Good Neighbor in Nebraska
Oct. 28, 2011 - TransCanada considers itself to be a good neighbour as it partners in building healthy, safe and vibrant communities by identifying and forging meaningful partnerships in the non-profit and voluntary sector. -Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence

Keystone XL Is Much More Than a Pipe Dream
Oct. 19, 2011 - The United States currently consumes 25% of the world's energy, but produces less than 5 percent. Heavily dependent on foreign oil, America imports 11 million barrels each day. This need for foreign oil isn't going to change anytime soon. -Forbes

Pipeline Expert Disputes Greg Awtry’s Claims
Oct.18, 2011 - The Keystone XL pipeline is indistinguishable from other pipelines, except that it is the most scrutinized interstate pipeline project in our nation's history and, when built, will incorporate the most advanced pipeline safety technology available. -The New York Times, guest opinion

Senators Deb Fischer and Tom Hansen Support Pipeline
Oct. 17, 2011 - In this KNOP-TV report from a North Platte legislative update, Deb Fischer and Tom Hansen speak about their support for the TransCanada Keystone XL oil pipeline. -KNOP-TV

Complex Ogallala Aquifier Not in Danger If Pipeline Leaks
Oct.16, 2011 - The greatest concern expressed by most people has been the fear that a leak in the pipeline could contaminate the whole aquifer. That, as you might already have guessed, would be impossible. Here's why. -Grand Island Independent, opinion

Pipeline Will Be Boon to Nebraska Economy
Sept. 17, 2011 - Construction of the expanded Keystone XL pipeline promises to bring considerable financial investment to Nebraska as well as thousands of jobs. -Lincoln Journal Star, local view

A Last Desperate Effort Against Keystone XL
Sept. 13, 2011 - Saying "no" is not a solution, and calling for a new route is simply a new way of saying no. Standing up and saying that we can have energy development which is safe, responsible and protects the environment is the reasonable position to take. Keystone XL, and its current route, meet those parameters. -Lincoln Journal Star, guest view

All the hysteria that's fit to print
Apr. 4, 2011 - Hysterical environmentalism -- from climate catastrophism down -- is proving a tougher and tougher sell. Polls indicate increasing support both north and south of the border for responsible and sensitive oil sands development, which in fact seems to be the only type that is happening. -Financial Post

Allow Keystone oil pipeline expansion
Mar. 17, 2011 - The Keystone expansion would provide an extra 500,000 barrels of oil a day from a secure ally and neighbor, enabling the U.S. to offset declining supplies from Mexico and Venezuela and avoid having to reach out to less-stable oil exporters. At a time of rising gasoline prices and turmoil in the Middle East, the U.S. is in no position to be finicky about its oil imports. -USA Today, editorial

U.S. prosperity, security tied to North American oil
Mar. 16, 2011 - As a nation we must do better. In the interest of insuring that our children and their children enjoy the security, comfort, and freedom that we have known, it is vitally important that we take control of our own destiny. Simply stated, that means America must produce as much of the energy it consumes as possible and do so with a sense of urgency. -Grand Island Independent, editorial