Yesterday, USAID officially released its long-awaited Water and Development Strategy in front of a group of hundreds of Members of Congress, Congressional staff, Administration officials and water and development professionals. The stated goal of the Strategy is “To save lives...continued→
Elizabeth Shope, Advocate, Washington, D.C.
I joined NRDC in 2009 to work on the campaign against tar sands. Prior to that, I worked with Greenpeace, the Energy Action Coalition, and Clearwater. I graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy, where I convinced the school to switch its toilet paper and paper towels from clear-cut Kimberly-Clark products to 100% recycled Bay West.
In the hours when I am not fighting the tar sands, you will likely find me cooking, baking, gardening, or biking.
Keystone XL Spill Risk: A Reanalysis of the Environmental Impact Statement - Guest Blog by David Malitz
This is a guest blog post by David Malitz, Ph.D. David is a consultant living in Austin, Texas with over 30 years of experience in statistical analysis. As a statistician, I expected the Keystone XL draft supplemental environmental impact statement...continued→
EPA Rates Environmental Review for Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline as "Insufficient," Environmentally Objectionable
Today, the Environmental Protection Agency released its comments on the deficient environmental review for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline that the State Department published on March 1, 2013. EPA rates the environmental impact statement with a 2 – meaning...continued→
This morning, I used and flushed a toilet, and used sink and shower – all with running water inside my house. Normally, I don’t think about this, but today, I did, because Friday is World Water Day, and more than...continued→
Today, I joined a crowd of more than 35,000 people including thousands of NRDC members and activists at the #ForwardOnClimate rally calling on President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, set carbon standards for dirty power plants,...continued→
Study provides damning evidence that tar sands development causing carcinogenic pollution in Alberta
A study published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) provides damning evidence that tar sands development has been causing carcinogenic pollution in Alberta – not just in the immediate development region but even as far...continued→
Burlington City Council passes resolutions opposing tar sands oil: the beginning of a groundswell against tar sands in New England
This blog was jointly written with NRDC Senior Consultant Shelley Kath. Big Oil has a plan that will put communities at risk in New England and Eastern Canada. The Portland-Montreal Pipeline – a very old oil pipeline owned mostly by...continued→
This blog was jointly written with NRDC intern Olly Merrill The State Department has indicated that it will soon release a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. My colleague Anthony Swift blogged last week...continued→
President is back in the White House… and it seems from news coverage that the effort to push that zombie Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is back too. The good news is, we’re back, too! This Sunday, thousands will converge...continued→
Last week, an all-female delegation led by 1997 Nobel Peace Prize winner and Nobel Women’s Initiative Chair Jody Williams set out to Alberta and British Columbia in an effort to learn about the impacts of tar sands oil extraction and...continued→
That Pipeline through New England? It's (Mostly) Owned by Exxon. And They Want to Transport Toxic Tar Sands Oil through It.
Today, ten national and local Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire organizations including NRDC released a fact sheet exposing Big Oil's stealth campaign to bring extra dirty tar sands to New England. The research shows that ExxonMobil -- not some friendly...continued→
Guest blog by Shelley Kath, Advisor and Senior Consultant to NRDC Last week, Canada’s energy and pipeline regulator, the National Energy Board (NEB), approved Enbridge’s plan to reverse one of its pipelines that in the future may carry tar sands...continued→
Scientists to State Department: Climate Change Must Be Considered in New Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Review
Earlier this week, a group of ten of the nation’s top scientists including James Hansen, James McCarthy, and Raymond Pierrehumbert, sent a letter to the State Department calling for “a serious review of the effect of helping open Canada’s tar...continued→
Who wants to hang out at the tar sands oily river? EPA to reopen parts of the still oiled Kalamazoo River
Nearly 2 years ago, more than one million gallons of tar sands oil gushed out of Enbridge’s Line 6B into the Kalamazoo River. Today, EPA is planning to announce the reopening of a larger stretch of the still oiled Kalamazoo...continued→
Yesterday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passed the Water for the World Act – a step forwards towards enacting important legislation that could bring safe drinking water and basic sanitation to as many as 100 million people around the Globe....continued→
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