#SolarXL

 

Resisting Keystone XL by building clean energy in the path of the pipeline.

 

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Solar XL is a wave of renewable energy resistance that’s building solar arrays directly in the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline – putting clean energy solutions in the path of the problem.

The project was launched by Bold Nebraska, 350.org, Indigenous Environmental Network, CREDO, and Oil Change International.

This 8-minute film shares the stories of the people and vision behind Solar XL. This is bigger than one pipeline. It’s about resisting with clean energy solutions that support communities and protect our climate.

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About Solar XL

The Solar XL campaign is building solar arrays directly in the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline – putting clean energy solutions in the path of the problem. The campaign launched this summer ahead of the Nebraska Public Service Commission’s hearings on whether to grant a construction permit for Keystone XL in the state.

With support from crowdfunding, solar arrays have been built at multiple locations along the Keystone XL route in Nebraska. The arrays are on land that farmers and ranchers in the state could be forced to sell to TransCanada, the company behind Keystone XL, if they’re granted a permit for construction.

The project was launched by Bold Nebraska, 350.org, Indigenous Environmental Network, CREDO, and Oil Change International.

What’s next for the Keystone XL fight?

Keystone XL can’t be built unless they’re granted a permit for construction in Nebraska. Farmers, ranchers, Indigenous peoples, and local and national organizations have urged Nebraska’s Public Service Commission to deny the permit, which must be decided before November 23rd.

Meanwhile, Tribes in South Dakota are challenging the land easements gained by TransCanada in the state, and organizations are suing the Trump administration for ignoring environmental policy when issuing a federal permit for Keystone XL.

We’re continuing to build solar in the proposed route of Keystone XL. If TransCanada gets the construction permit, they’ll have to tear down home-grown clean energy to build their dirty pipeline, and we’ll be ready to resist on multiple fronts.

Meet some of the landowners

The Carlson Family

“I am vehemently opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline mainly because of the properties of the contents of the tar sands oil it will carry — this is not your Mother’s crude oil, it is the Devil’s, and it can kill.

We must be focused on clean, renewable energy and America can get along just fine without this foul concoction they call bitumen that TransCanada wants to pipe across our precious soil and water.” –Jim Carlson

The Allpress Family

“The need for the KXL pipeline product is non-existent in the United States. The monetary benefit to the peoples of Nebraska will be gone in 7 years, while the risks to our state are for the life of this pipeline. The installation of wind and solar production in Nebraska will provide many good Nebraska jobs and provide years of cheap electricity for everyone in our great state.” –Bob Allpress.

The Steskal Family

“We’re proud to be able to provide more clean solar energy to the Nebraska grid while resisting the KXL pipeline that threatens our land, water and livelihoods,” said Nebraska landowner Byron “Stix” Steskal, who with his wife Diana owns Prairierose Farm near Atkinson, NE.

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