Barn Built To Protest Pipeline

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Pipeline opponents finished building a barn today that may be completely destroyed if the Keystone XL goes through.

It took a few dozen volunteers and two weeks to complete the project that is strategically placed on the proposed pipeline route.

If President Obama approves the plan, opponents say that the solar and wind powered structure would have to be torn down.

"To make a public, and intentional move to the kind of advanced energy future that we pretty much all know we have to move to," Tom Steyer, an investor and pipeline opponent, said.

Steyer has donated more than 2 million dollars to fight the Keystone Pipeline.

"Here we are," Steyer said, "using an old American tradition of a barn raising, to make a point about the 21st century. That we don't need dirty energy, that we do have the ingenuity and talent to look forward in the 21st century and do the right thing."

However, Barry Rubin, a spokesperson for Nebrakans for Job and Energy Independence, says that Transcanada supports renewable energies, and that this proposed pipeline is the most realistic way to meet energy needs right now.

"We've studied this long enough," Rubin said, "we know it's in our nation's best interest, we know it's in Nebraska's best interest and we know it can be done safely and operate safely."

Steyer said that the pipeline is not in the nation's long-term interest.

"The truth of the matter is if we move to a research and innovation based energy economy," Steyer said, "we will provide hundreds of thousand or millions of new jobs."

The pipeline opponents say they are creating 50 billboards with quotes from President Obama and Gov. Dave Heineman to be placed along the proposed pipeline route.

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