View Full Version : When Liberals Fight: Pipeline Project Pits Unions vs. Conservationists

09-30-2011, 10:44 AM
Maybe it’s the sandhills, like what you'd imagine the surface of the Moon looks like if it were covered with grass. It could be the long, proud history of agriculture here -- field after rolling field of corn, soybeans and cattle.

Whatever the reason, Nebraska is the site of the the most intense debate over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, a project so controversial, State Sen. Ken Haar stood Tuesday before State Department officials and said, “You don’t give a damn about Nebraska.”

Haar was cheered loudly.

TransCanada wants to build the 1,600-mile oil pipeline from the oil-rich Canadian province of Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast. The multibillion-dollar construction project will bring much more Canadian oil into the U.S., but more important to labor unions, it’ll bring jobs.

“A lot of our members are losing houses," says Ron Kamininski, business manager of Laborers Local 1140. “They’re losing their vehicles. ... It’s a struggle to keep food on the table.”

To Kaminski and so many other in the building trades, Keystone XL means work.


DumbAss Tanker
09-30-2011, 01:00 PM

Maybe if they chase each other around fast enough, they'll turn into syrup and butter for our pancakes.