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Anthony Swift, Canada Project Director, International Program, Washington, DC

Anthony Swift
Growing up in west Texas, I know what people are taking about when they refer to the oil business as a “sunset industry.” I’m grateful for the opportunity to advocate for a future based on clean and sustainable energies. At the NRDC, I work to ensure that we don’t invest our future in destructive and unsafe energies of the past. If the BP oil spill taught us anything, it’s that while hindsight may be easy, foresight is best. Next time, let’s ask the right questions before the next disaster happens.

Recent Posts

Paris Climate Agreement explained: What's next for Canada?

Posted December 12, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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The international community welcomed a new Canada at the Paris climate negotiations, one which played an energetic and constructive role in reaching a historic agreement to limit the carbon pollution that is driving global climate change. In stark contrast...continued

Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan is a strong step forward in addressing province's emissions

Posted November 22, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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Premier Rachel Notley unveiled a broad plan for addressing the Alberta's growing carbon emissions today, signaling a dramatic turn for a province that had long been an obstacle for Canada's climate commitments. The Climate Leadership Plan, which imposes limits on...continued

Canadian ban on tankers to kill Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline and tar sands by rail to British Columbia

Posted November 17, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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Just one week after President Obama rejected Keystone XL, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau announced a policy that spells the effective end of another major tar sands pipeline proposal - Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline. Northern Gateway would have carried more...continued

Two billion reasons tar sands won't move by rail after Keystone XL's rejection

Posted November 9, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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In the aftermath of Keystone XL's rejection, proponents of the tar sands pipeline are dusting off their old argument that tar sands expansion will simply move forward using rail. This claim was a lot easier to make in the...continued

Administration should not heed TransCanada's flawed rationale for further delay of Keystone XL decision

Posted November 3, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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In a strategy to avoid an expected federal rejection of its proposed Keystone XL pipeline, TransCanada is urging the State Department to delay its decision until after the pipeline company has clarified its route in Nebraska. This desperate move...continued

Canada's new government faces an opportunity and a test on environment and climate

Posted October 20, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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Anthony Swift and Danielle Droitsch The Canadian election results are in. The Liberal Party, led by Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau, has been swept into power by a wave of national discontent over the right-wing policies of the Conservative government...continued

Alberta's Opportunity: What the International Community Expects from the Province's Climate Plan

Posted October 5, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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After years of being the epicenter of Canada's declining reputation on environment and climate, Alberta has the opportunity to establish itself as a climate leader. The province - which is known internationally for its environmentally damaging tar sands, rapidly...continued

Lifting the Crude Oil Export Ban Threatens Communities and Climate

Posted July 23, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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Lifting the long-standing ban of crude oil exports will expand the industrial oil patch in America's backyard, bringing with it a host of impacts to our waters, communities, ranches and farms, as international markets incentivize producers to expand fracking...continued

Canada's new energy strategy reveals irreconcilable rifts in aspirations on climate and tar sands

Posted July 17, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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Following a week of negotiations, Canada's provincial and territorial premiers have released a 'unified Canadian Energy Strategy' which reveals sharp divisions in the country's aspirations. The negotiations surrounding the Canadian Energy Strategy - which was originally pitched by Alberta's premier...continued

New Alberta climate policy is symbolic step - more is needed

Posted June 25, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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Alberta's recently elected New Democratic Party (NDP) has signaled its intention to take steps to address the provinces increasing carbon emissions. In a sharp turn from previous Conservative governments, Alberta announced both a symbolic decision to increase the stringency of...continued

Marching to keep tar sands oil out of our communities

Posted June 3, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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This blog was co-drafted with Michael Yamoah On June 6th, 2015, NRDC will join dozens of our allies for the Tar Sands Resistance March in the twin cities of Minnesota. Citizens from across the Midwest will stand together to...continued

Santa Barbara pipeline spill highlights threats of tar sands expansion into the West Coast

Posted May 20, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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The most recent oil spill in California highlights both fundamental weaknesses in basic safeguards for our nation's oil infrastructure as well as risks associated with industry plans to expand tar sands infrastructure in the West Coast. On May 19,...continued

Report highlights industry plans to flood West Coast with tar sands

Posted April 28, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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The West Coast could soon become a destination for huge volumes of tar sands crude oil - one of the world's dirtiest fuels - setting back efforts to combat climate change and exposing communities to significant new health and...continued

Energy Information Administration data confirms rail is no replacement for Keystone XL

Posted April 20, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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This blog was co-written with Lorne Stockman, Research Director at Oil Change International Industry's favorite talking point in favor of the embattled Keystone XL tar sands pipeline was roundly discredited late last month with the first-time release of crude-by-rail data...continued

Department of Energy data shows Keystone XL is an export pipeline

Posted March 12, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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Written with Lorne Stockman, Research Director at Oil Change International The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released export data that clearly corroborates President Obama's recent assertion that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is primarily about export. Politico...continued

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