Last September a 14-year high school freshman stood up in a packed arena in the shadow of the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln and testified at a U.S. State Department hearing on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would carry crude tar sands oil through Nebraska en route from Canada to refineries on Texas' Gulf Coast.
"My name is Helen Winston, I'm 14 years old, and I'm from Omaha, Nebraska," the young woman began. "I do not stand before you as some brainwashed hippie child. I stand before you as a free-thinking young adult. I stand before you as a representative of the hundreds of outraged young people who could not make it here today.
"I'm here representing not just the youth of Nebraska, but the future of America," she continued, her words nearly drowned out by applause. "We don't see a future with the pipeline. We don't see a future of an America still reliant upon filthy oil. We don't see a future where farmers are bullied for their lands while the government just stands and watches. We don't see an America that is still dependent on oil in our future."
Click here, or on the image above, to hear Helen's testimony.