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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.

Recent Posts

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

International Energy Agency links Keystone XL decision to significant tar sands expansion

Posted November 13, 2013 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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The International Energy Agency (IEA) joined Wall Street in affirming the strong connection between proposed tar sands pipelines like Keystone XL and expanded tar sands production. IEA's conclusion undercuts industry's claims that the massive tar sands pipeline will have no...continued

Industry documents reveal tar sands expansion plan economically marginal

Posted November 8, 2013 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Correspondence between the Canadian federal government and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) shows that behind closed doors, the tar sands industry recognizes that it is plans to expand tar sands would production are quite vulnerable to even the...continued

Five reasons why rail won't be replacing pipelines for moving tar sands oil

Posted November 6, 2013 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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The issue of whether tar sands will move by rail if projects such as the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline are not built has become a major part of the debate about tar sands expansion. Tar sands proponents continue to...continued

Tar sands expansion projects and associated climate emissions waiting on Keystone XL decision

Posted October 22, 2013 by Anthony Swift in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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While the tar sands industry has announced nearly 10 million barrels worth of production projects – a plan with an enormous carbon footprint – that new growth is dependent on whether industry can cobble together the transportation options from land-locked...continued

Illustrating how the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline fails President's climate test

Posted October 9, 2013 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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The proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline fails the President's climate test, as illustrated by a factsheet released by NRDC this week. Keystone XL would increase the profitability of producing tar sands, which would accelerate the pace and expand the...continued

Years of public scrutiny have demonstrated of dangers of proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted September 19, 2013 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Today I will testify before the U.S. House Energy & Commerce’s subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade. My written testimony is available here.  Watch the hearing live at 10:15 EST. During my testimony, I will make the following statement:...continued

Harper government offers to provide Obama political cover in return Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted September 6, 2013 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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 According to CBC News, Canadian Prime Minister Harper has offered to accept climate targets proposed by the United States and is prepared to work in concert with President Obama to provide whatever political cover he needs to approve the Keystone...continued

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