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Danielle Droitsch, Senior Policy Analyst, Canada Project, Washington, D.C.

Danielle Droitsch
For the past 20 years, I have worked in the United States and Canada on a wide range of issues. I started as a reporter working on a story about a polluting pulp and paper mill in North Carolina and eventually joined the fight to clean up the plant. Since then, I have championed the protection of clean water, the restoration of rivers, and campaigned for clean air. Today at NRDC, I work to promote a clean energy future for Canada. This means a transition from fossil fuels like coal and tar sands to a strong clean energy economy.

Recent Posts

Keystone Redux: TransCanada is Now Seeking An Ocean Route for its Dirty Tar Sands

Posted January 21, 2016 by Danielle Droitsch

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The company that lost a bid to build the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline (and has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government for $15 billion for lost profits) is eyeing to get its tar sands oil to the Gulf...continued

U.S. Groups Call on Canadian Boreal Forest Protection

Posted January 11, 2016 by Danielle Droitsch

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NRDC and 12 other environmental groups based out of the U.S. are weighing in with the Canadian Premiers of Ontario and Quebec reminding them of how critical a strong and effective Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification is in the Boreal...continued

Canada's Back. Good Early Signals on a Commitment to Climate. What is Next?

Posted November 10, 2015 by Danielle Droitsch

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Co-authored with Mitchell Beer, Smarter Shift "On behalf of 35 million Canadians, we're back." Those were Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's first words to his country's international friends and allies, the day after his Liberal Party won a majority in the...continued

New Poll: Albertans Strongly Support Efforts to Regulate Tar Sands Development

Posted October 5, 2015 by Danielle Droitsch

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Amidst the international debate over tar sands development is a perception that the public in the province of Alberta is strongly in favor of expanding this carbon-intensive oil and supportive of weak climate and environmental policies to enable that growth....continued

As U.S. adopts new federal climate policy, will Canada follow?

Posted August 5, 2015 by Danielle Droitsch

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As the Obama administration announced the most significant step ever taken by an American President to implement the first-ever federal limits on dangerous carbon pollution reduction from coal-fired power plants, questions continue to linger about when Canada will address its...continued

Guest Blog: Report Card Highlights Canada's 'Hesitant' Support for Cleantech Deployment

Posted July 29, 2015 by Danielle Droitsch

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Guest blog by Mitchell Beer Today's Pembina Institute report card on Canada's hesitant support for clean energy deployment fills in an important piece of the puzzle for anyone who follows the continuing energy relationship between Canada and the United States....continued

Is Canada on track to meet its climate promise? A preview of the country's upcoming international progress review

Posted June 2, 2015 by Danielle Droitsch

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Substantial support came from Michael Yamoah and Han Chen for the information below. Is Canada on track to meet its current climate target? That is the question that will be explicitly debated in the coming days as the Canadian government...continued

Canada Announces Weak Climate Target

Posted May 15, 2015 by Danielle Droitsch

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This blog was co-drafted with Han Chen and Jake Schmidt. Today, Canada has announced its contribution to the global effort to reduce greenhouse gases by announcing its post-2020 target. The target announced today is off-track to the 80 percent cut...continued

Alberta's new government could mean a new focus on climate and clean energy

Posted May 7, 2015 by Danielle Droitsch

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Sweeping changes to Alberta's political leadership, the result of a historic provincial election, could bring about a sea change to the province's laggard approach to clean energy, climate policy, and tar sands development. Canada's left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) gained...continued

The tar sands invasion that can be stopped

Posted April 28, 2015 by Danielle Droitsch

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Many across the United States are aware of the tar sands threat posed by the proposed Keystone XL pipeline but what many may not know is the U.S. faces a looming threat that is bigger than just this one pipeline....continued

New Tar Sands Water Policy from Government of Alberta Favors Industry

Posted March 13, 2015 by Danielle Droitsch

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As the U.S. government winds up its review deciding whether to issue a permit for the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, it should pay attention to new policies just released in Alberta addressing the tar sands industry's hungry thirst...continued

Talk of a deal on Keystone XL is foolhardy and presumptuous

Posted March 3, 2015 by Danielle Droitsch

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This blog was co-drafted with Liz Barratt-Brown, NRDC Senior Advisor It seems that when the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is dealt a blow, the talk of a deal in exchange for its going forward picks up a notch....continued

New polls show major shift in public attitudes against Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted January 20, 2015 by Danielle Droitsch

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This blog was co-authored with Josh Axelrod, Law and Policy Consultant for the Canada Project A few weeks ago, House Speaker John Boehner tried to paint the President as completely out of touch with the American people. Speaker Boehner, responding...continued

Sweeping statements by Speaker Boehner about Keystone XL can't withstand scrutiny

Posted January 8, 2015 by Danielle Droitsch

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Responding to President Obama's declared intention to veto a bill that would force approval of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, House Speaker John Boehner in a press release made numerous claims that can't stand up to scrutiny. Annotating...continued

The truth behind the job numbers: Keystone XL will hurt more than help job creation

Posted January 6, 2015 by Danielle Droitsch

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The new Republican majorities in Congress are once again trying to force approval of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline but they aren't changing their incorrect talking points about how many jobs the risky project would create. Pipeline backers...continued

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