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Rep. Lee Terry and the 'Keystone Rodeo'

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Rep. Lee Terry and the 'Keystone Rodeo'

BOLD Nebraska

As a lead driver of the national push to keep Congress preoccupied with the Keystone XL tarsands pipeline and a member of the delegation from our state—the continued hotspot of Keystone XL activity—Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE-02) seems more than a little obsessed with doing the bidding of TransCanada and trying to push through Keystone XL no matter the cost.

This week, noting his tarsands obsession, Rep. Terry said, “I've been through the Keystone rodeo before" and “It may not be the last rodeo” in regards to his plans to continue to push through the riders that would force immediate approval of the TransCanada pipeline.

We’ve managed to uncover visual evidence of Rep. Terry’s experience with the “Keystone rodeo.” See the image to the right, which BOLD Nebraska will be publicizing with ads and a concerted online push.

According to Jane Kleeb, executive director of Bold Nebraska, “Representative Terry may be a fan of the “Keystone rodeo,” but we know that only a clown could think that Nebraska can afford the risky tarsands pipeline that, if approved, could cross some our state’s most sensitive lands and our main water source, the Ogallala Aquifer.”

TransCanada released their “new” route, which still crosses the Sandhills and still crosses the Ogallala Aquifer putting our agriculturual economy and individual property rights at risk.

This route isn’t safe, it isn’t responsible and once again landowners' property rights are ignored by Rep. Terry who claims to be a conservative.

Nebraska can’t afford the “Keystone rodeo.” Our land, water and property rights are not something to clown around about.

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A plume of smoke from wildfires burning in the Angeles National Forest is seen from downtown Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

California is bracing for rare January wildfires this week amid damaging Santa Ana winds coupled with unusually hot and dry winter weather.

High winds, gusting up to 80- to 90 miles per hour in some parts of the state, are expected to last through Wednesday evening. Nearly the entire state has been in a drought for months, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, which, alongside summerlike temperatures, has left vegetation dry and flammable.

Utilities Southern California Edison and PG&E, which serves the central and northern portions of the state, warned it may preemptively shut off power to hundreds of thousands of customers to reduce the risk of electrical fires sparked by trees and branches falling on live power lines. The rare January fire conditions come on the heels of the worst wildfire season ever recorded in California, as climate change exacerbates the factors causing fires to be more frequent and severe.

California is also experiencing the most severe surge of COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with hospitals and ICUs over capacity and a stay-at-home order in place. Wildfire smoke can increase the risk of adverse health effects due to COVID, and evacuations forcing people to crowd into shelters could further spread the virus.

As reported by AccuWeather:

In the atmosphere, air flows from high to low pressure. The setup into Wednesday is like having two giant atmospheric fans working as a team with one pulling and the other pushing the air in the same direction.
Normally, mountains to the north and east of Los Angeles would protect the downtown which sits in a basin. However, with the assistance of the offshore storm, there will be areas of gusty winds even in the L.A. Basin. The winds may get strong enough in parts of the basin to break tree limbs and lead to sporadic power outages and sparks that could ignite fires.
"Typically, Santa Ana winds stay out of downtown Los Angeles and the L.A. Basin, but this time, conditions may set up just right to bring 30- to 40-mph wind gusts even in those typically calm condition areas," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Mike Doll.

For a deeper dive:

AP, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Weather Channel, AccuWeather, New York Times, Slideshow: New York Times; Climate Signals Background: Wildfires, 2020 Western wildfire season

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