The Keystone XL pipeline that’s about to bring tar sands from Canada to Texas for extracting petroleum in the most dirty process ever seen, is seemingly stirring up the waters in the opposite camp. Its opponents are now raising funds for building wind and solar energy projects in Nebraska.
“If President Obama approves Keystone XL, he’ll then have to then have to tear down these clean and locally produced energy sources to make way for dirty and foreign tar sands,” Jane Kleeb, director of pipeline opponent Bold Nebraska, said in a statement.
The fundraising is being organized by Bold Nebraska, the Sierra Club and the Nebraska Farmers Union. They say they only need $65,000 and a lot of volunteers to do this, although I strongly doubt that’s enough.
While it’s a nice idea having renewable energy along the pipeline, much more is needed and maybe they need state or federal permits for building such premises. However, all the solar panels and wind turbines they could put up won’t offset the environmental damage this pipeline and its existence will do over time.