An assortment of anti-oil allies said Thursday they are turning to crowd-funding as a way to raise money for installing solar-power units at key points in Nebraska in an attempt to stop construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
The plan comes from Bold Nebraska, 350.org, Indigenous Environmental Network and other organizations one month before the Nebraska Public Service Commission opens its main hearing on the proposed KXL line.
The pipeline would carry up to 830,000 barrels a day of oil from Alberta tar sands through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska before connecting to the export market.
“The Solar XL campaign will put renewable energy directly in Keystone XL’s path, underscoring the need to center solutions to climate change while resisting the expansion of the fossil fuel industry,” the anti-KXL groups’ joint statement said.
Stephen Kretzmann, executive director for Oil Change International, one of the opponents of the project, described KXL as “yesterday’s pipeline to transport yesterday’s energy” in their news release.
Nebraska officials will decide some time after the August hearing whether to permit the project to cross their state. South Dakota and Montana state officials previously granted permission to the company, TransCanada.