Nebraska woman who led fight against Keystone XL pipeline to be speaker in Tulsa


The woman who founded a citizen’s group that led the fight against allowing the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska will be a speaker this weekend during the Switchyard at Mayfest event in Tulsa.

Jane Kleeb founded Bold Nebraska in 2010 and the organization remains active today, under a new name, BOLD Alliance, one that proclaims, “We fight fossil fuel projects, protect landowners against eminent domain abuse, and work for clean energy solutions while building an engaged base of citizens who care about the land, water, and climate change.”

Rollling Stone magazine nicknamed Kleeb “Keystone Killer” because of her efforts to stop the pipeline from using eminent domain.

Kleeb will be a part of the University of tulsa’s Switchyard Magazine and Magic City Books on Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. at Cains Ballroom, 423 N Main Street.

Here’s how it was promoted:

New York Times bestselling author and journalist Jeff Sharlet will sit down with author and award-winning political activist Jane Kleeb for a lively discussion of how Americans are reckoning with the precarious political divide that has led to a maelstrom of hate and violence across the nation, and how some courageous citizens are mapping a different path toward a positive future in rural America where neighbors put down their arms and join hands.

The event is described as a festival within a festival and convenes writers and musicians featured in the latest issue of the award-winning Switchyard magazine to examine, celebrate and reimagine the future of rural America.

“Every election cycle, rural America is oversimplified and reduced to a set of easy cliches,” reflected Switchyard magazine Editor and University of Tulsa Presidential Professor Ted Genoways. “This issue of Switchyard-and accompanying talks at this festival-are intended to present a richer, more complex version of multiple rural Americas.”