Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The "Og" Out Here In The "NEB."...

The Ogallala Aquifer...covering 174,000 square miles and extending over eight High Plains states...provides nearly all the water for residential...industrial...and agricultural use.  Because of widespread irrigation...farming accounts for 94 percent of the groundwater use.  It is truly the lifeblood for our region.

"Because of the Ogallala...the High Plains is the leading irrigation area in the Western Hemisphere.  Close to 13.6 million acres are irrigated in the Ogallala region.  The leading state irrigating from the Ogallala is Nebraska (46%), followed by Texas (30%) and Kansas (14%)."  The Ogallala Aquifer is being depleted at an alarming rate and some studies suggest that it will run dry within the next 25 years.'s time to share what I think of the XL Pipeline.  If you research Nebraska will find there are already over 20,000 miles of kind or another...running throughout our state.  Pipelines parallel both sides of the Platte and Republican river valleys nearly the entire length of our state.  These pipelines have been in place for years...there are routine aircraft flights that frequently check Nebraska's oil pipelines looking for leaks.  The industry says that when it comes to moving oil or natural gas...pipelines are by far the safest method of transport.  I could go on and on but I won't.  It's a safe industry and technology makes it safer with each passing day.  

The recently invented "XL issue" is in its entirety an election year "Pitch a Bitch" contrived by Jane Kleeb and her local gang of "Hippie Wannabe Leftists" in an attempt to smear politicians they don't like.  Guilt by association..."Evil Heineman"..."Evil Johanns"..."Evil Smith"..."Evil (fill in the blank)"...etc...etc...etc.  

Nice try Jane...but you missed the friggin' boat...completely.  You missed the part where agriculture is probably the prime enemy of the Ogallala out here in the "NEB".  For many years I have pointed out that Nebraska irrigation is majorly responsible for the Ogallala's depletion and future demise.  I will not mention how our "Stewards of the Land" are poisoning it with chemicals...all while our friends in the Unicameral and other "electeds" ignore the long term outcome.  The pipeline is the least of our "issues."   Pssst...have you ever seen a plot of all the oil wells in Nebraska and where they sit?   We could have a "Deepwater" event right here in Huskerland...what would that do to the "Og"?  Get moving Jane...kill the oil fields too.   

It's also hilarious how after Jane's "P a B" surfaced in the media that our state and national "electeds" immediately backed away from the XL Pipeline saying we should rethink it...even the desperate Ben Nelson jumped on board.  It's my opinion that our "electeds" didn't miss the boat...they flat fell out of it.  They should have grabbed the economic bull by the horns and touted how the XL is one of the best things that could happen in our state...offering new industry and a boost to our economy.  And are you ready for this?  What they should have said is that it's time for Nebraska to consider building a new...state of the art...high tech and environmentally friendly OIL REFINERY right here in the "NEB" to process the Canadian crude.  We need to replace the aging refineries along the Gulf Coast and Nebraska has a lot to offer including a secure distribution point in the very middle of the U.S.  How much difference is there between an oil refinery and our local water hog ethanol plants anyway?  

Fossil fuels are not going 1960 there were 74,000,000 registered automobiles in the U.S...and in 2008...close to 256,000,000...and that doesn't include fossil fuel consuming and public transit buses.  We aren't going to reduce the use of fossil fuel burners to zero in our lifetime...or in our children's lifetime.  We can still be "earth friendly" by building safe refineries and pipelines while transitioning to nuclear power and if it has to be...building a forest of ugly and inefficient wind and solar farms.  In the meantime maybe we can look into extracting oil from oil-rich Montana and North Dakota instead of relying on foreign oil be it from Saudi Arabia or Canada.  Looks to me that the Canadian oil is headed to foreign markets anyway.

No...the XL Pipeline is no threat to Nebraska or to the Ogallala Aquifer...we should take advantage of it...prosper from "progessive."  And in the yesterday...we better be giving serious consideration to reducing irrigation and look at growing crops that are suited to our climate. We should be extending the life of the Ogallala here in the "NEB" as come one day a gallon of water will be much more valuable than a gallon of gas.

A couple of other funny things...elements of Jane's goon squad are working against her on this.  Validates the theory that "Money Talks...and Bullshit Walks."  Finally...what the hell was Heineman thinking when he/his campaign took donations from XL?   Flags popped up on this move that even a third grader would notice.

On a different note...because I find it funny of our local television news anchors is referring to hopeless Mike Meister...Dem. candidate for"Mister Meister."  That sounds like a name you would give your cat or a Ron Popeil gadget you would use to spray your flowers with.        

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