Episcopalians Participate in Bold Nebraska’s “Hands Across…” Event
Nebraska Episcopalians were among those joining hands last Saturday to show our support for efforts to prevent the construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Calling for more rapid development of clean energy sources like wind and solar energy, people of faith oppose the pipeline out of justice concerns for the First Nations people near the tar sands mining area in Canada, people who live near the refineries in Port Arthur, Texas, and landowners in our own state who don’t want to be forced to relinquish land for a pipeline that could contaminate our soil and water if there is a leak. Increased greenhouse gas emissions from processing the tar sands and burning the extracted oil are another concern as climate change accelerates and endangers a variety of living things, including human beings.
The group pictured was at the Bob Kerrey Bridge in Omaha. Fr. Chuck and Nancy Peek were part of a group gathered at the barn near Bradshaw that volunteers built in the proposed path of the pipeline. The barn is powered by solar and wind energy.