The continent-spanning death funnel and longtime Republican fetish object is as dead as DISCO. It threatens no aquifers. It will no longer take land from farmers who don't want to give it. It will not carry the world's most destructive and wasteful foreign fuel from the environmental hellspout of northern Alberta through the spine of the United States down to the refineries of the Gulf coast, and thence to the world. The foreign-made pipes will remain rusting in a field in South Dakota. The pipeline will not leak because it will not be built, which is the only way you can be sure the pipeline won't leak, because pipelines leak and the companies that own them lie about it.
The executive order re-established the Clean Air Plan, and restored sections of the public lands that the last guy had peddled to developers and the extraction industries. The Arctic was rescued from a future as an environmental dead zone.
But it's the death of the pipeline that means the most to this shebeen. It's a triumph for the redoubtable Jane Fleming Kleeb, Democratic chairperson of the Nebraska Democrats, and the remarkable coalition of cowboys and Native Americans that has fought this project for over a decade. It's a win for people like rancher Randy Thompson, and for keepers of the conscience like the late Frank LaMere. It's impossible to believe that TransCanada, the land-stealing energy behemoth that proposed the project, will wait out four years and hope for another Republican president in 2024.
THIS FUCKER IS DEAD.