Four years ago this weekend, the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, killing 11 men and sending 170 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. I flew over the site after the blowout and was stunned by the vast reach...continued→
Frances Beinecke, President of NRDC, New York City
I came to NRDC with a background in environmental studies and a strong desire to help protect the Northeastern forests and wild Western landscapes I loved so much. I started as an intern working to preserve forests through careful land use planning. But when the 1970s oil crisis unleashed a drive to open the Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas drilling, I advocated for stronger safeguards for marine life. I left NRDC for a few years when my three daughters were young, and I came back as the group’s first executive director. In 2006, I became president, and I remain honored and awed to lead this remarkable institution.
And I love my job. First of all, I get to work with some of the best minds in the business. And second, I love that NRDC is all about finding solutions. I am a pragmatic person and an optimist, and I believe that most of the challenges facing the Earth can be solved with the right combination of passion, policy, and technology. With this job, I get to see many of those solutions firsthand--from wind farms off the coast of Denmark to marine reserves around California’s Channel Islands to green buildings in China--and work to bring them to more landscapes and more people.
In Years of Living Dangerously, a new series starting this Sunday, Nelly Montez describes the day she and 2,300 of her neighbors lost their jobs at a Cargill meat packing plant in Plainview, Texas. The plant closed last January after...continued→
Posted March 28, 2014 by Frances Beinecke
Last week the Kentucky legislature passed a bill to undermine national standards to reduce climate change pollution. The bill would prop up the profits of Kentucky’s biggest polluters while saddling ordinary Kentuckians with higher electricity bills. A coal-friendly bill may...continued→
This week another group of esteemed scientists said that climate change poses a dire threat to our communities. New evidence also confirmed that one of the best tools for defusing this threat is within reach. On Thursday NRDC released a...continued→
Posted March 17, 2014 by Frances Beinecke
A few weeks ago, I got to see Californians experience something they hadn’t in a long time: a downpour. It was a welcome gift, but it wasn’t enough. Even with the wet weather, roughly 90 percent of California is still...continued→
It’s time for Congress to wake up to the threat of climate change, and tonight it will hear a powerful alarm bell. At least 25 Senators will hold the Senate floor through the night and call for national climate action....continued→
Every spring I travel to Mexico and sit in a fishing boat while massive gray whales slide through the water around me. The warm salty seas of Laguna San Ignacio attract gray whales that come to calve and nurse their...continued→
I just returned from California and was struck by how devastating the state’s drought has become. People talked about it everywhere I went, wondering what it means for people and the economy. I can see why they are worried. Last...continued→
The State Department released its review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline for tar sands oil on Friday. Industry representatives tried to gloss over the conclusions right out of the gate. But there is no hiding from the facts. The...continued→
The wild Arctic Ocean just got a blast of good news. Yesterday Shell Oil bowed to the inevitable and announced it will not be drilling for oil off the coast of Alaska this summer. Now the region’s coastal villages and...continued→
All Americans have benefited from the dedicated service of Representative Henry Waxman. In every battle and in every moment that mattered most, Rep. Waxman stood up for the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the wild places we...continued→
President Obama forcefully reaffirmed his commitment to curbing carbon pollution in the State of the Union Address last night. He said unequivocally that climate change poses significant threats to our environment, our health, and our economy. “Climate change is a...continued→
Nine in ten Latinos want the nation to take action to protect future generations from the dangers of climate change, according to a poll NRDC released on Thursday. Specifically eight in ten want President Obama to reduce the carbon pollution...continued→
Many people know Carole King as one of America’s best songwriters and performers, but over the years I have had the opportunity to see another side of Carole: the dedicated environmental advocate. This part of Carole’s illustrious career is about...continued→
A few weeks ago, mining giant Rio Tinto said it was considering pulling out of the disastrous Pebble Mine proposed for Alaska’s Bristol Bay. This came on the heels of the September announcement that Anglo American—the 50 percent owner of...continued→
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