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Franz Matzner, Director Beyond Oil Initiative, Washington, D.C.

Franz Matzner

Franz A. Matzner is director of the Beyond Oil Initiative for the Natural Resources Defense Council. His policy background includes energy, climate, and forestry. He previously held the position of Associate Director of Government Affairs. Prior to joining NRDC, he was senior policy analyst for agriculture and the environment at Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS). Matzner graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania. He is co-author of the NRDC report “Safe At Home: Making the Federal Fire Safety Budget Work for Communities.”

Recent Posts

Writing on the Wall for Big Oil

Posted December 9, 2015 by Franz Matzner

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2015 will be known as a watershed for the movement to advance beyond oil. With the world's leaders gathered in Paris in an unprecedented show of commitment to combat dangerous climate change, it is worth reviewing the many signs that...continued

Merkley Legislation Aligns Federal Lands Management with Climate-Safe Future

Posted November 4, 2015 by Franz Matzner

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Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced legislation today that will help advance the fight against dangerous climate change, preserve our natural heritage, and send a long-term signal that the United States is committed to a clean energy future and is not...continued

Avoiding "Carbon Lock-in" is a Critical Part of Our Climate Fight

Posted October 1, 2015 by Franz Matzner

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A new analysis by the Stockholm Institute, highlighted today in the journal Nature underscores that decisions about fossil fuel infrastructure affect our ability to win the fight against climate disruption. The study shows that when we see costly, major fossil...continued

Murkowski's Big Oil Giveaway: Profits Over People

Posted July 27, 2015 by Franz Matzner

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This week the Senate Energy Committee will consider a bill that would simultaneously lift the decades old crude-oil-export ban and mandate drilling across a vast swath of the nation's publicly owned ocean waters from the Arctic to the Atlantic coast,...continued

Latest Shell Approval Lights the Fuse on Climate, Environmental Disaster

Posted July 24, 2015 by Franz Matzner

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In granting Shell Oil permission to start drilling for oil off the coast of Alaska, President Obama has exposed pristine Arctic waters to the risk of a devastating oil disaster while opening the door to yet another source of the...continued

Recent Spills Give More Reason to Move Beyond Oil

Posted July 22, 2015 by Franz Matzner

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Big Oil has dealt North America a battering this month as we've seen spill after spill hit the headlines. Label it negligence or an inevitable reality of oil production, the impact is the same: oil and its byproducts are being...continued

Senator Merkley Continues Fight Against Arctic Drilling

Posted July 16, 2015 by Franz Matzner

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Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) joined by Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Al Franken (D-MN), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Ed Markey (D-MA) have reinforced their commitment to the fight for our climate with the introduction of the "Stop Arctic Ocean...continued

Offshore Drilling: Dirty, Dangerous, and Unnecessary

Posted May 14, 2015 by Franz Matzner

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If Congress is serious about delivering an energy package that strengthens the nation's economy, protects our communities and health, and lays the foundation for the future, proposals to expand offshore drilling must be taken off the table. Offshore drilling is...continued

Energy Bill Roadmap Emerges: Senate Needs to Stay on It

Posted May 13, 2015 by Franz Matzner

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As the Senate launches another attempt to pass major energy legislation, the big question is whether it will implode again, or seize the opportunity to come together and help deliver a safer, less polluted, healthier, and more stable future for...continued

Obama: Save the Arctic, Save the Climate

Posted April 28, 2015 by Franz Matzner

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Emboldened by a Congress now led by fossil fuel boosters, Big Oil--fronted by Shell--has redoubled a decades-long campaign to sink its drills into the Arctic Ocean, our last pristine ocean. And unless President Obama steps in to halt Shell's current...continued

Rocky Mountain Divide: Bennet Champions Coloradans, Gardner Backs Big Polluters

Posted April 15, 2015 by Franz Matzner

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Most newly elected senators head to Washington vowing to represent the people of their state. Many do a valiant job, but others get distracted along the way, as the recent budget debate revealed. During the budget process, one Colorado senator,...continued

Standing Against Big Oil's Crude-by-Rail Push

Posted April 6, 2015 by Franz Matzner

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Over the last few days, we've seen a series of grassroots victories that prove we're not stuck with Big Oil's plan to foist dangerous fossil fuel infrastructure on communities across the country. Just last week, TransCanada (of Keystone XL infamy)...continued

The Only Safe Arctic Drilling Is No Drilling

Posted February 23, 2015 by Franz Matzner

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The Administration has issued draft drilling standards to govern oil exploration in the Arctic Ocean, our last pristine ocean. Billed as safety measures that justify turning these waters over to Big Oil, the proposed standards remain deeply flawed and represent...continued

Denial by Any Other Name is Just as Dangerous

Posted July 2, 2014 by Franz Matzner

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It has now been about three weeks since the President formally unveiled the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan which sets the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from the nation’s fleet of power plants.  Despite preliminary estimates showing...continued

Mitch McConnell: Politics or Profits?

Posted April 30, 2014 by Franz Matzner

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As Minority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has a choice to make: support passage of a simple, bipartisan bill that will boost corporate profits and save consumers money or sacrifice these fiscal gains on the altar of his personal political agenda....continued

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