April Fools’ jokes are, by their nature, supposed to be funny.
But an April 1 press release sent out by the anti-Keystone XL pipeline group, Bold Nebraska, didn’t get a laugh from the Nebraska governor’s office.
The fake press release stated that Gov. Dave Heineman had written a letter asking President Obama to reject the controversial pipeline because of the risk of damage to Nebraska’s vast groundwater resources.
That would have been a complete about-face for the Republican governor who has been a whole-hearted supporter since TransCanada decided in late 2011 to reroute its 36-inch, crude oil conduit around Nebraska’s groundwater-rich Sand Hills area.
Heineman, remember, called a special session of the State Legislature due to his objections over the initial route that crossed the Sand Hills.
But with the route changed, he’s totally pro-pipeline.
A spokeswoman for the governor labeled the Bold Nebraska spoof as “immature” and ‘childish.”
But a Bold spokeswoman said the press release was intended to make a serious point — all of the statements