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Rural Activists Gather in a Corn Field to Fight the Keystone Pipeline

In August, we heard BOLD Nebraska and the Cowboy Indian Alliance were set to host a concert with Willie Nelson and Neil Young in a corn field near Neligh, NE. Wait, what? Willie Nelson and Neil Young playing in a cornfield in our home state? Yes! (They had us at hello.)
 
You can’t deny the appeal of seeing Willie and Neil perform live, especially in a corn field. But they agreed to do the concert to support rural people in their fight against the Keystone XL pipeline. That's even more appealing.
 

The Science Behind Planet Earth’s Atmosphere

Summer is hotter than winter, right? Ever wonder why summer is warmer than winter, and why Phoenix is hotter than Fargo? The answer to both of these questions, of course, has to do with how much heat is coming into the atmosphere, and how much is going out.

The sun’s rays are much more directly overhead in the summer because our side of the Earth is pointed towards the sun and less directly overhead in the winter. Likewise, the sun’s rays in Phoenix are more direct over a longer part of the year, so it is warmer than Fargo.

Testimony on Limiting Carbon Pollution Drawn from Rural People and Stories

I traveled to Denver in late July to testify at a public hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon pollution rule. The rule will rein in carbon pollution and curb climate change. I brought your stories – the stories of rural people we know to the hearing.

Stories from people like Matt Russell, a 5th generation farmer from Iowa who feels he’s already experiencing the effects of climate change. He’s worried we won’t be able to meet the needs of a growing population if the agricultural systems we have in place now are no longer viable with a changing climate.

People in 4 States Discuss Climate and Agriculture

Over the past three months, we’ve heard many of you speak your thoughts on climate and agriculture. You have shared common-sense ideas to make rural America more adaptable and resilient in an era of more extreme weather and climate changes – on your farms, in your businesses, and in your communities. You care about conservation and good stewardship, and you’ve found that renewable energy is an economically viable solution.

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