The 912 Project-Nebraska Message Board › Green Energy legislation from Nebraskan's for Peace website
Below is an article taken from Nebraskans for Peace website. They are reveling in what they call “The Greenest Legislative Agenda Ever”! We have work to do, folks IF we are going to hold back the “greenies” and the environmentalists who are out to take control in our state. Several hearings have already taken place, however we still have time to respond to Legislators.
LB 583 – Hearing was 2/26 LB 104 – Hearing was 2/14 LB 411 – Hearing was 3/6 LB 598 – Hearing was 3/5
LB 567 – Hearing was 3/1 LB 622 – Hearing 2/6 LB 184 – Hearing 3/19 LB 152 – Hearing was 1/11
LB 402 – Hearing 3/1 LB 340 – Hearing 3/5 LB 557 – Hearing 3/5 LB 553 – Hearing 2/6
LB 635 – Hearing 2/28 LB 486 – Hearing 3/21 (This has to be the most ridiculous! But many states have been buying on to this one)
The Greenest Legislative Agenda Ever
The 2013 Unicameral Session will go down as the ‘Year of Clean Energy.’ A dozen substantive bills dealing with renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate change have been introduced—making this year’s legislative agenda easily the ‘greenest’ on record. For those of us seeking action on climate change, this is the opportunity we’ve been hoping for. For the first time ever at the Statehouse, we’ll get to publicly make the case for reducing our carbon footprint by building a green economy. Instead of sending our utility dollars out of state to buy dirty Wyoming coal, we can be investing in our own clean wind and solar resources, creating local wealth and jobs, and protecting the health of both ourselves and the ecosystem.
Much of the credit for this uptick of legislative interest in green energy, though, can be traced back to the reelection last November of the Legislature’s leading environmentalist: State Senator Ken Haar. During his first term, Sen. Haar led the effort to reroute the Keystone XL pipeline away from the Sandhills, championed the legislation promoting large wind farm development in the state, and engineered the passage of a ‘net-metering’ bill to encourage residential-scale renewable energy generation. Step by deliberate step, he was laying the groundwork for a comprehensive green energy agenda.
His bid for reelection though (against a well-financed right-wing opponent) was to become the fight of his political life. Over the course of a costly and physically grueling year-long campaign, Sen. Haar raised and spent more than $232,000—smashing the previous spending record for a legislative race as he tried to match his opponent’s deep pockets. (Counting the expenditures of independent political committees, upwards to $1 million may have been spent on this race for an office that pays $12,000 a year.) Despite these hitherto-unheard-of spending figures, his victory margin Election Night was so slim he had to wait a week for the provisional ballots to be counted before he knew for certain he’d won. By 85 votes. Out of a total 13,653 cast.
That gut-wrenching experience, however, only served to deepen his resolve. He has unabashedly designated clean energy and education as his legislative priorities for the next four years. Between now and 2016, the people of Nebraska will have the best environmental advocate imaginable at very moment the entire world needs to be charting a path to a carbon-free future.