1. KEYSTONE XL
At emotional State Dept. hearing, Nebraskans vow to keep fighting
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- The activists and ranchers who aligned to push Keystone XL from obscurity to the top of the nation's energy agenda yesterday carried a message to its backers through blinding snow: Even if the pipeline gets a presidential seal of approval, they don't plan to stop fighting.
2. KEYSTONE XL
Skirmishes continue on Capitol Hill
Nebraska was Ground Zero in the battle over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline yesterday, but Capitol Hill continues to be a fulcrum of activity as well. With an eye on the proceedings in the Cornhusker State, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), said he had serious doubts about the State Department's draft environmental impact statement, which assumes that the project would have a minimal impact on climate change because Alberta's oil sands developers have other options for transporting their product to market. These include several other proposed pipelines that would carry product across Canadian soil to the coasts.