By Doug Hayes and Ken Winston, Compass
It’s been a long road in the fight to protect our land, water, communities, and climate from TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Right now, a focus of the fight is what is happening in the courts, where Sierra Club and our allies are continuing our work to stop this terrible project.
In November, the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) dealt TransCanada a major setback by rejecting the company’s preferred route through the state and instead approving an alternate route. Though an outright rejection would have been the best outcome, this was still a victory for our side. TransCanada had previously called the alternate route unworkable, and the PSC’s decision creates new legal issues, raises new environmental review questions, and affects a whole new set of landowners who have not agreed to let TransCanada build on their land. Click here to continue reading.
- Doug Hayes is a staff attorney with the Sierra Club’s Environmental Law Program. See more stories by this author
- Ken Winston is a Nebraska-based attorney who represents the Sierra Club on matters related to Keystone XL. See more stories by this author
Photo: Nebraska landowners and supporters celebrating completion of a Solar XL project.
Solar XL – Scroll down for photos of projects.
NEWS FROM OTHER STATES
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- California’s 100% renewable energy initiative gains steam, PV Magazine
- Utah Governor Signs New Laws Protecting Solar Consumers and Extending State Tax Credit, SEIA Blog
- Microsoft adds 315 megawatts of new solar power in Virginia in largest corporate solar agreement in the United States, Press Release
- Owning the Benefits of Affordable Solar+Storage – An Op-Ed from Clean Energy Group. Clean Energy Finance Forum
- Federal judge’s order could set precedent for mining less coal due to climate change, The Washington Examiner
- Resilient Energy: Hidden in Plain Sight and Waiting to be Unlocked, Microgrid Knowledge
- Valuing Resilience Can Change the Breakeven Point for Solar-Plus-Storage, Greentech Media
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FEATURED RESOURCES: SURVEY & WHITE PAPER
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