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Bob Keefe, Senior press secretary, Washington, DC

Bob Keefe
In 20-plus years as a journalist, I’ve written about everything from wildfires and power shortages in California to melting glaciers in Alaska and wetlands destruction in Florida. I’ve also covered business, technology and most recently, Congress and the White House for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper. I’ve been fortunate to have a front-row seat to a small sliver of history, but I’ve often wondered: How could I use my writing skills to help solve some of the problems I’ve witnessed, instead of just observing them – and how could I help make the world a better place for my three daughters? As senior press secretary at NRDC, I think I’ve found a way.

Recent Posts

In Wake of Superstorm Sandy, Media Connects The Dots On Climate Change

Posted November 1, 2012 by Bob Keefe in Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment

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Journalism is usually at its best in the wake of disaster. The tragic scenes we are seeing on the airwaves and in the newspapers in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy are a bitter testament to that. Our hearts go out...continued

Goliath Oil Industry's Ad Budget May Be Huge, But We Don't Have to Believe the Bunk

Posted September 14, 2012 by Bob Keefe in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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To get an idea of how much the fossil fuel industry is spending to convince you that more drilling, fracking and mining is the answer for our economy, consider this: The industry has spent more on television advertising this year...continued

On Environmental Issues, Wall Street Journal (Repeatedly) Gets it Wrong

Posted August 3, 2012 by Bob Keefe in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment

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Editorials are supposed to convey the opinions of a publication’s editorial board. But they aren't supposed to distort the facts and mislead the public. Anybody who has read the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal knows the newspaper's opinions...continued

Climate Change Deniers Resurface; Who Will You Believe?

Posted July 11, 2012 by Bob Keefe in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment

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The temperature’s cooling, the power is back on in Washington, D.C., the fires are almost out in Colorado and they’ve almost cleaned up from the flooding in Florida. So naturally, those who continue to deny (at the peril of the...continued

On The Media: Finally Getting the Link Between Climate Change and Disasters?

Posted July 4, 2012 by Bob Keefe in Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment

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The media just might be starting to see the obvious link between climate change and extreme weather. Of course it’s hard to miss during a week or so when we have deluges in Florida, wildfires in Colorado and deadly freak...continued

Effects of Climate Change Hit Home

Posted July 2, 2012 by Bob Keefe in Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment

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More than 400,000 people are still without power in the Washington, D.C. area after one of the region’s most bizarre and damaging storms in history. I am one of them. The lights and air conditioning went out at my place...continued

Rio+20 Earth Summit Atwitter About Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Posted June 18, 2012 by Bob Keefe

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Rio+20 is atwitter about fossil fuel subsidies.The high costs of tax breaks and incentives for oil, gas, coal and other fossil fuel companies is driving the discussion at numerous panels at the Earth Summit. It’s not just environmentalists who think...continued

The Press and the President: Getting Past the Oil Industry's Propaganda

Posted March 29, 2012 by Bob Keefe in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, The Media and the Environment

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President Obama is giving a speech in the Rose Garden today to once again call on Congress to end wasteful oil industry tax breaks and subsidies. But even for the guy with the biggest bully pulpit in the world, it’s...continued

From the Headlines: More Reasons to Support Renewable Energy

Posted December 28, 2011 by Bob Keefe in Green Enterprise, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment

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Fossil fuel lobbyists and their allies in Congress continue to dispute the need to support development of more renewable energy in America. Never mind that more 90 percent of Americans say developing renewable energy should be a national priority. Never...continued

All In A Day's Work: What Some in Congress Are Doing For (or rather, against) Our Health, Environment

Posted December 2, 2011 by Bob Keefe in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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 It can be hard keeping tabs on what our lawmakers are doing in Congress. Cutbacks in Washington coverage by major news organizations, the celebri-fication of television news and a general disgust with politics has many Americans understandably turned off, tuned...continued

Why Bill Gates Says We Must Triple Our Clean Energy Innovation Funding

Posted November 22, 2011 by Bob Keefe in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Some politicians are trying to turn clean energy into something dirty. They say we ought to cut federal support for energy programs - unless maybe they involve drilling for oil and gas.he money to do it by eliminating tax breaks...continued

Amid Clean Energy Witch Hunt, Some Points Worth Remembering

Posted November 17, 2011 by Bob Keefe in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu is scheduled to appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on investigations today in yet another attempt by House Republicans to turn the Solyndra failure into a political scandal. Any allegations of...continued

In Clean Energy Conversation, Context Counts

Posted November 15, 2011 by Bob Keefe in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Sometimes, in the desire to own a story or the yearning to advance the narrative, it’s easy for reporters to forget about context. Unfortunately, that’s what seems to be happening in the press coverage of clean energy, much to the...continued

Two New Sites Show the Truth About Clean Energy Jobs in America

Posted November 3, 2011 by Bob Keefe in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment

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Skim the headlines or listen to the political rhetoric coming from some in Congress, and you might think the clean energy industry is dead, dying or maybe some sort of scam. Truth is, clean energy companies of all sorts —...continued

Sounds fishy: A true tale about the economics of the environment

Posted October 26, 2011 by Bob Keefe in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, The Media and the Environment

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There’s been a lot of talk in Washington lately about the economy and the environment. To hear some in Congress, our economic woes today somehow mythically stem from our efforts to protect our health and our environment. Getting power plants...continued

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