The Common Good

Cornhuskers vs. Keystone XL Pipeline: Next Steps?

Date: April 13, 2012

Wednesday afternoon the Nebraska state legislature approved a bill (LB1161) that will allow Nebraska to proceed with a $2 million study to find a route for TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline through the state. Gov. Dave Heineman is expected to sign the measure into law. It's a case of Big Red going for the black by jeopardizing the green. But what does this mean?

First, it means that the global "people power" movement against the Keystone XL pipeline beat back the energy and oil industry in January when President Obama and the State Department denied TransCanada's pipeline permit. Our "united we stand" organizing strategy was effective. It forced the TransCanada to switch tactics.