18 Oct '11, 7pm

For the Keystone Battle, a Folk Hero: Randy Thompson, a plain-spoken rancher, is the public face of a battle aga...

For the Keystone Battle, a Folk Hero: Randy Thompson, a plain-spoken rancher, is the public face of a battle aga...

Associated Press Randy Thompson, a Nebraskan rancher, at a pipeline protest in Washington. Randy Thompson, a laconic cattle buyer, may seem an unlikely symbol of activism. Yet his likeness is now on hundreds of T-shirts across Nebraska. As I reported with Dan Frosch in Tuesday’s paper, Mr. Thompson is among dozens of landowners resisting efforts by the energy giant Transcanada to lease their property for the Keystone XL pipeline. Bold Nebraska A $25 item for Keystone foes. TransCanada’s spokesman Shawn Howard says the company suspects a great deal of the opposition is being fanned by national environmental groups. Mr. Thompson’s story shows how this is true and yet not true. He was deeded 400 acres of farmland in Martell, Neb., by his mother, who died last summer. Transcanada wants 80 of those acres to run its pipeline through, but Mr. Thompson is not interested — not at a...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/18/for-the-keyston...

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