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→
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.
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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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
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
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
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→
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
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→
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