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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

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

Three facts you should know about the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and exports

Posted March 2, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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When he vetoed legislation meant to force approval of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline last week, President Obama noted that the project is designed largely as a way to route Canadian tar sands to the global export...continued

'New' IHS report dusts off old and inaccurate industry talking points about Keystone XL

Posted February 26, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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Earlier this week IHS - an oil industry funded research consultancy - released another in a long line of reports promoting the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The report makes a number of outlandish and unsubstantiated claims about...continued

Unregulated oil by rail versus Keystone XL: A false choice

Posted February 18, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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A column of fire lighting the sky. Oil spilling into a nearby river. If the horrifying images of this weekend's West Virginia oil train fire and spill seem familiar; they should. We saw the same type of disaster in...continued

EPA comments show Keystone XL tar sands pipeline fails the President's climate test

Posted February 3, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) drove what may prove to be the final nail in the coffin for the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in comments released today, linking the project to an expansion of the tar sands and...continued

State of the Union lays the groundwork for Keystone XL tar sands pipeline rejection

Posted January 21, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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In his State of the Union address, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to addressing climate change and laid the groundwork for the rejection of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The President urged Congress to set its sights...continued

Keystone XL's Substantial Importance

Posted January 15, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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As the controversy around the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline continues to intensify, a narrative has appeared in stories by the New York Times and the Washington Post that suggest the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has...continued

Fact Checking the WaPo Fact Checker on Keystone XL and exports

Posted November 20, 2014 by Anthony Swift

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Written with Lorne Stockman, Research Director at Oil Change International   The President recently took on claims that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would help American consumers, noting that the carbon-intensive project is designed primarily as a route for...continued

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