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Elizabeth Shope, Advocate, Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth Shope

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.

Recent Posts

Fifteen Organizations Call on Mass. Governor Patrick to Keep Tar Sands out of Massachusetts

Posted September 4, 2014 by Elizabeth Shope in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Today, fifteen organizations including NRDC sent a letter to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, calling on him to take action to keep tar sands oil out of the Massachusetts fuel supply. Tar sands cause 17 percent more greenhouse gas emissions over...continued

USAID Needs to Bring Together Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation with Fresh Water Conservation and Climate Resilience in Development Assistance

Posted August 28, 2014 by Elizabeth Shope in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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It’s surprising that in the 21st Century, nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion people –more than one-third of the world’s population—don’t have an adequate place to go the bathroom. This is so, despite...continued

South Portland, Maine Hammers Nail into Coffin of Proposed Tar Sands Pipeline through New England

Posted July 22, 2014 by Elizabeth Shope in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Last night, the South Portland, Maine City Council approved the Clear Skies Ordinance in a 6-1 vote, thereby prohibiting the bulk loading of crude oil, including tar sands, onto tankers on the waterfront, as well as the construction of new...continued

New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers Should Take Action Against Tar Sands

Posted July 11, 2014 by Elizabeth Shope in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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From July 13-15, 2014, the Governors of the six New England states, and Premiers of the five Eastern Canada provinces will meet at their annual conference, which will be hosted this year by New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, in Bretton...continued

Canada Approves Northern Gateway Tar Sands Pipeline, But This Doesn't Mean It Will Be Built

Posted June 17, 2014 by Elizabeth Shope in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Today, the Canadian Federal Government approved Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline, kicking off a provincial decision-making process about the pipeline that will likely result in rejection of this risky project. The pipeline would carry 525,000 barrels per day...continued

The Northern Gateway Tar Sands Pipeline Will Never Be Built

Posted June 6, 2014 by Elizabeth Shope in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Rumor has it that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper may make a decision about the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline on Monday. But whatever his decision, there is little chance this pipeline will be built, in large part...continued

Integrating water and sanitation with climate solutions makes sense for our water and health

Posted May 27, 2014 by Elizabeth Shope in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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Today, NRDC sent a letter to USAID, calling for measures to strengthen the integration of the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) portion of its global Water and Development Strategy with its work around climate resilience and freshwater conservation. This is...continued

Cowboy Indian Alliance Sets Up Camp in DC, Says No Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Posted April 22, 2014 by Elizabeth Shope in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Today, the Cowboy Indian Alliance set up camp on the National Mall in Washington, DC with a ceremony, march with riders on horseback, and erection of a tipi on the mall—the beginning of a weeklong encampment and events calling on...continued

More than 100 scientists and economists call for rejection of Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted April 7, 2014 by Elizabeth Shope in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Today, more than 100 scientists and economists called on President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline that would bring some of the world’s dirtiest fuel from under Canada’s Boreal forest to...continued

Over 2 Million Comments Ask for Rejection of the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Posted March 7, 2014 by Elizabeth Shope in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Opposition to Keystone XL across the country and the world continues to grow, with more than 2 million comments calling for rejection of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline delivered today. Today marked the end of the 30-day public comment...continued

Thousands Rally Against Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline in 280 Vigils Across U.S.

Posted February 4, 2014 by Elizabeth Shope in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Yesterday, NRDC staff and supporters joined in candlelight vigils across the country calling on President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The 280 vigils in almost all 50 states were flash-organized...continued

Tar Sands Fuels: Threatening to Set Back Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Region Climate Achievements

Posted January 23, 2014 by Elizabeth Shope in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Today, NRDC – along with 15 other local, regional and national groups – released a new report entitled What’s in Your Tank? Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States Need to Reject Tar Sands and Support Clean Fuels. The report brings to light a...continued

Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline to B.C. Will Never Be Built, Despite Support from Review Panel; Keystone XL is the Lynchpin for Tar Sands Expansion

Posted December 20, 2013 by Elizabeth Shope in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Yesterday, the Joint Review Panel that has been reviewing the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline that would carry 525,000 barrels per day of tar sands from Alberta to the Northern British Columbia Coast issued a report recommending approval...continued

First Nations Stand Strong Against Tar Sands Pipelines through BC on 3rd Anniversary of Save the Fraser Declaration

Posted December 5, 2013 by Elizabeth Shope in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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Today marks the 3rd Anniversary of the Save the Fraser Declaration, a declaration signed by more than 130 First Nations, which states: We will not allow the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines, or similar Tar Sands projects, to cross our...continued

Industry pays $135 per vote to narrowly win tar sands battle in South Portland, ME, but the war has just begun

Posted November 6, 2013 by Elizabeth Shope in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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In a disappointing – yet far from devastating – vote in South Portland, Maine yesterday, the Waterfront Protection Ordinance was voted down by a narrow margin of only 192 votes, with 49% of the voters who turned out supporting this...continued

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