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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

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

TransCanada's Energy East tar sands pipeline faces major hurdles

Posted September 25, 2013 by Elizabeth Shope in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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This blog was jointly written with Shelley Kath, Senior Consultant to NRDC and Joshua Axelrod, NRDC Legal Intern In April 2013, Calgary-based pipeline company TransCanada – the same company behind the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline – formally proposed...continued

President Obama and Secretary Kerry should consider tar sands impacts on water when making decision about Keystone XL pipeline

Posted September 24, 2013 by Elizabeth Shope in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Moving Beyond Oil

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Today, NRDC, Environmental Defence Canada, 350.org, Forest Ethics, and the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation released a new report Reality Check: Water and the Tar Sands which details the serious impacts that tar sands have on water, and the lack of...continued

Thousands Draw the Line, call on President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted September 23, 2013 by Elizabeth Shope in Moving Beyond Oil

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This weekend, thousands of people came together in more than 200 Draw the Line events across 49 states to call on President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The overall event was organized by 350.org, with partners...continued

World Water Week - Water Cooperation, Building Partnerships: Some Reflections

Posted September 6, 2013 by Elizabeth Shope in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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I spent the last week in Stockholm, Sweden at World Water Week, an international water conference held annually in Stockholm which brings together a wide ranging group of individuals from dozens of countries and hundreds of organizations to discuss a...continued

President Obama acknowledges Keystone XL not a job creator and that tar sands pipeline decision rests on climate impacts

Posted July 30, 2013 by Elizabeth Shope in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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This blog was jointly written with Danielle Droitsch, Senior Attorney and Canada Project Director at NRDC. In an interview last week with the New York Times, President Obama outlined in remarkable detail how the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would...continued

USAID Releases Water Strategy

Posted May 22, 2013 by Elizabeth Shope in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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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

Keystone XL Spill Risk: A Reanalysis of the Environmental Impact Statement - Guest Blog by David Malitz

Posted April 24, 2013 by Elizabeth Shope in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil

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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

Posted April 22, 2013 by Elizabeth Shope in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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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

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