Published on October 7th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan


Sustainable Energy Barn Built In Path Of Keystone XL (VIDEO)

October 7th, 2013 by  

A number of citizen farmers and ranchers pushing against the Keystone XL have actually gone and built a “sustainable energy barn” right in the path of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline, in order to show their disdain for and opposition to the Keystone XL while also showing their respect for life and clean energy at the same time. Watch the video:

I especially love the dirty “windmills, not oil spills” t-shirt on the little farm boy (around the middle of the video). We should all get those shirts!

The citizen activists in Nebraska who built this barn and created this video certainly aren’t mincing words or trying to sugarcoat their opposition to the TransCanada pipeline. This was a standout line from the video expressing their challenge:

“If TransCanada gets what they want, they’re going to have to tear up sustainable energy to keep their dirty, dangerous tactics.”

Followed by a supportive challenge to Obama: “And there is no way President Obama would let that happen.”

Driving the point home that these are not political lobbyists or climate policy wonks pushing to block this pipeline, the speaker says, “We don’t care too much for politics,” followed unequivocally by the matter at hand for them: “but this is our land and our water.”

These are not hippies. These are ranchers and farmers, a portion of our population that has increasingly gotten behind opposition to the Keystone XL. It makes you wonder, who in the US really does support such a pipeline?

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Of course, we love the great views of the solar panels on the barn at the end, the small wind turbine being erected by the local community, the solar panels being installed on the barn, and the kids painting the sustainable energy barn sign. Very inspiring. Very moving.

Quite a clever act and a great video. Check it out if you haven’t already, and share it with friends!


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  • Adam Grant

    What fraction of a population needs to support renewable energy before gerrymandering of congressional districts breaks down as a strategy to hold it back?

    One of the desirable features of renewable power is that it will never become as big of a business as traditional fossil / nuclear generation. The downside is that incumbent fossil companies have more concentrated capital with which to influence politicians.
    (This is not to say that RE won’t become very big business, just that for any given level of power generation renewable solutions will involve less concentration of resources, revenue, profit, environmental impact, people involved, etc)
    One would like to think that the political constituency that has truth on its side will need to spend less to win an election than their opponents, but how much less?

    The long-term solution is to reduce the influence of money in politics as much as possible.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Right now the US gets about 40% of its electricity from coal, about 20% from natural gas and about 10% from nuclear.

      IMHO all of that will be replaced by renewables. Perhaps 20% to 25% of electricity will come from end-user solar, the other from larger projects such as wind farms and geothermal plants.

      I see some big renewable business in the future.

      And, at this point, it’s likely past the point where government can/will do much to slow the transition. Government could speed it up, but financial decisions will favor renewables and that’s likely where utilities will put their money as long as they have enough dispatchable gas to get them through the periods of low renewable input.

    • Doug

      Old money seems to die and long and graceful death. Just look at JCP, Sears, Kodak…

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