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Anthony Swift, Attorney, 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.

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The tar sands train that couldn't

Posted October 21, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil

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This blog was co-written with Lorne Stockman, Research Director at Oil Change International   Update: October 23, 2014 News from Canexus today indicates that it is only getting worse for the Bruderheim terminal.  A major customer has terminated its contract. Now...continued

Citing pipeline constraints, Statoil postpones tar sands expansion project

Posted September 25, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, U.S. Law and Policy

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The Norwegian oil company Statoil has announced it is postponing the development of its 40,000 barrel per day (bpd) Corner in situ tar sands project for at least three years due to rising costs and a lack of pipeline space....continued

Canada lags the United States on climate and clean energy

Posted September 18, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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As world leaders meet in New York for the United Nations Climate Summit next week, it is becoming all too clear how the paths taken by Canada and the United States have diverged in recent years. A backgrounder released by NRDC...continued

TransCanada is responsible for prolonged routing process for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted September 5, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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On September 5th the Nebraska Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the state’s appeal of a ruling that found that the expedited process used by governor to approve the route for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline was unconstitutional....continued

Tar sands expansion cools down without Keystone XL

Posted June 30, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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A series of recent industry announcements is pouring cold water on the argument that tar sands development will happen at the same pace and scale with or without major infrastructure projects like Keystone XL. In recent months, two major tar...continued

High costs of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline outweigh paltry benefits

Posted June 16, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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As the Senate considers yet another pro-Keystone XL measure, the case for the embattled Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has never been weaker. In recent weeks, a myriad of industry reports have shown that tar sands expansion is slowing...continued

Increased Risk for All: Los Angeles crude oil spill is part of a national pipeline safety problem

Posted May 15, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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#US latest: Broken pipeline provokes "knee-dip" oil spill near LA. Photo via @XrayJ76 http://t.co/JOTqa3ynjy pic.twitter.com/lQR0swYPXm — José Miguel Sardo (@jmsardo) May 15, 2014 As details continue to emerge from the pipeline spill that has sent thousands of gallons of...continued

Ukraine doesn't bolster case for Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted April 3, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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After their argument that Keystone XL would be a national job creator has been widely debunked, promoters of the embattled tar sands pipeline are now turning to the international crisis in the Ukraine for a reason to build the project....continued

Business leaders urge rejection of Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted March 31, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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As the Obama administration considers the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, hundreds of business leaders across the nation are urging Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama to reject the high carbon project. In a letter released...continued

Secretary Kerry has all the information necessary to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted March 27, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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  The State Department now has all the information it needs to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. NRDC has released a backgrounder that presents an overview of a compelling body of evidence that makes it clear that this...continued

Why the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline matters for climate

Posted March 10, 2014 by Anthony Swift

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Following the close of the thirty day public comment period, the National Interest Determination (NID) process will continue as federal agencies consider over 2 million comments concluding that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is not the nation’s interest.  At...continued

Nebraska's court ruling deeming Keystone XL's route void is a win for landowners, water and climate

Posted February 21, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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This week’s court decision invalidating Keystone XL’s route through Nebraska has reverberations that extend far beyond the borders of that state and is likely to have a major impact on the federal evaluation process.  This decision is a huge...continued

Nebraska Court finds the proposed route for Keystone XL unconstitutional

Posted February 19, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil

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In what is a major victory for farmers, ranchers and other landowners, Nebraska’s District court has declared the route for the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline through that state to be unconstitutional. This significant court decision means once...continued

A deeper dive: State's environmental review of Keystone XL tar sands pipeline shows it is not in the nation's interest

Posted February 3, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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The State Department’s release of the final environmental review for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline marks a new stage in the evaluation of that controversial project. Moving forward, the National Interest Determination process will allow other federal departments...continued

Canadian tar sands exports to Europe could grow from a trickle to a flood undermining Europe's climate goals

Posted January 23, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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A new analysis released by NRDC evaluating global oil market trends provides a compelling reason for Europe to adopt a strong Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) to reduce the carbon intensity of its transport sector– and soon. Absent a policy...continued

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