Just Transition Already!
July 7th, 2017
A solar array is being assembled right in the path of the KXL Pipeline, raising some interesting and new points about why we all keep gathering to oppose these pipelines. What does true Energy Independence look like? By placing the solution for transition in the way these multibillion dollar corporations and their private military force (fully endorsed and enabled by this administration will be forced to take out a truly sustainable community based solution to energy or stand down. Chances are they'll have to continue trying to dominate the situation, but they're going to look like fools in the process.
Bold Nebraska, 350.org, Indigenous Environmental Network, CREDO, and Oil Change International have joined forces to launch Solar XL, calling on supporters to "Help build resistance in the path of Keystone XL." The KXL Pipeline is meant to carry 830,000 barrels per day of crude tar sands oil from Canada, through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska and out again to the world market. So much for Energy Independence, in from one country, through the US, and out to others.
Sovereign Nations from both sides of the US/Canadian border gathered to sign their own Treaty in Rapid City, SD on July 4th, demonstrating what real independence looks like. The solar power industry provided more jobs for people than oil, coal and gas combined, according to a 2016 report from the U.S. Department of Energy.
"If permits are granted for Keystone XL construction in Nebraska, TransCanada will have to tear down homegrown clean energy in order to build and will galvanize people across the country to fight back, the groups claim." -Solarindustrymag.com
This project is demonstrating the power of the people, Tribes, farmers and communities gathering together to oppose the corruption of a government run by corporations. Iowa is in the midst of a similar struggle, with 19 local farmers partnering with the Sierra Club to oppose the DAPL pipeline project which has been trying to use eminent domain to push the project through.
To support Solar XL go to BoldNebraska.org