Nebraska environmentalists have hatched a plan that they hope will hold up or stop the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in their state. The plan will be accomplished via crowdfunding in which they hope to place solar arrays along the path of the pipeline.
With the upcoming Nebraska Public Service Commission vote to approve or reject the Keystone XL pipeline next month, environmentalists hope to have their scheme in place obviously in anticipation of the Nebraska commission vote not going their way. This despite their claims that tens of thousands of comments have been submitted, and that the pipeline will pass through farms, ranches, and Indigenous land, posing a threat to the Ogallala Aquifer and other water sources that could be contaminated by spills and leaks.
However, a review of the website advertising for the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline shows the above environmentalist claims are not true. Furthermore, the environmentalists are the ones dedicated to more pollution. The present methods of transporting oil by truck, train or boat have high risks of accidents that can result in spills and emit more carbon emissions than pipelines.
The production and waste of solar panels entails a lot of pollution too. A study released during June by the solar energy advocacy group Environmental Progress states that solar panels 300 times more toxic waste per unit of energy than nuclear power plants. Solar panels that are thrown away are piling up world-wide too in which they contain chemicals such as lead, chromium and cadmium and little is being done to reduce the potential danger solar panels pose.
Environmentalists clearly want to be the ones who end up polluting the state of Nebraska first. Their opposition to the Keystone Pipeline is nothing more than window dressing since, by opposing pipelines, they want more carbon pollution by transporting oil by truck, ship or train and will litter the state with solar panels full of toxic pollutants.
Photo Credit:A polluted river in Zhejiang province, from a Greenpeace blog post on solar plant pollution.