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Letter, 8/11: Nebraskans must stop Keystone XL

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Despite the executive order to revive TransCanada’s Keystone XL project, Nebraskans make the final decision, and many feel hope in putting our trust at home.

The Nebraska Public Service Commission gave opportunity for hundreds to testify for or against KXL during a series of hearings throughout our state. Having faith that our concerns would be considered in such a democratic manner felt as though we were participating in the government that we have been led to believe in: one that listens to its people.

All information provided overwhelmingly indicates that KXL is poison, locally and globally. And, at every one of these hearings, the overwhelming majority of Nebraskans in attendance disfavor KXL, reflecting the growing awareness of climate and economic concerns.

Even TransCanada questions if KXL is worth completing -- it has already met so much criticism, the oil market continues to falter in the face of renewable energies, and it’s losing investors.

But this is not only a matter of stopping KXL; this is a question of where we can place our trust.

We again thank the Public Service Commission, but please don’t let all of our hours of testimony and travel be in vain. Nebraska doesn’t want or need KXL, but more importantly, we hope that the PSC has listened to why. We’re afraid of the future as things are now, and we’re ready to do something about it; we’re ready to take charge.

Nebraskans and our allies will stop KXL, no matter what -- peacefully.

Many are looking for a reason to gather, but we’d rather it be in celebration of democracy done right, not because of fear. We’re ready for heroes to help put an end to this fear, and the PSC has the chance to deliver.

Alexander Munson, Lincoln

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