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Liz Barratt-Brown, Senior Advisor, Washington, DC

Liz Barratt-Brown

I came to NRDC in 1981 and have worked with NRDC’s International Program for the last 20 years. A common thread in my work has been Canada. When I first came to NRDC, I worked with Canadians to stem acid rain. Starting in the 1990s, I worked closely with Canadian organizations and First Nations to protect its beautiful ancient forests — from the coastal rainforests of British Columbia to the Boreal forest that circles the top of the planet. Thanks to NRDC members and activists, we were able to engage Home Depot and other major companies to become advocates for protecting these forests and NRDC adopted the Great Bear Rainforest's Spirit Bear as its logo.

For the last five years, I have worked with our team on stemming the expansion of the Alberta tar sands, where a beautiful blue-green forest of wetlands and trees is being torn up to feed our relentless thirst for oil. We've been leading the campaign to stop the Keystone XL pipeline, a pipeline from the tar sands region to the Gulf Coast that would expand extraction of this dirty oil and imperil the American breadbasket and aquifer waters. We have better alternatives in conservation and alternative fuels. See our site at stopdirtyfuels.org and take action at stoptar.org.

Recent Posts

Satellite images show tar sands extraction obliterating Boreal forest right before our eyes

Posted July 15, 2014 by Liz Barratt-Brown in Moving Beyond Oil

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Today, the Global Forest Watch program of the World Resources Institute (WRI) and Global Forest Watch Canada released maps of forest loss in the tar sands region of Alberta, in the heart of Canada’s Boreal forest.  These maps make very...continued

State Department lit up this evening with NoKXL comments

Posted March 14, 2014 by Liz Barratt-Brown in Moving Beyond Oil

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This evening, during rush hour traffic, Agit-pop and others gathered to showcase select comments on the front of the State Department building in downtown Washington D.C.. The comments were selected from over 2 million submitted last week in oppostion to...continued

At Mexican summit, President ties the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline to climate concerns

Posted February 20, 2014 by Liz Barratt-Brown in Moving Beyond Oil

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Yesterday, the president met with the prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, and president of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto, at the “Three Amigos Summit”.   But not all the conversation between the president and prime minister focused on which women’s...continued

Mr. President, will you be our Valentine and say no to Keystone XL?

Posted February 12, 2014 by Liz Barratt-Brown in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Last week, over 100 people gathered in a pub in Wisconsin to make valentine cards for the President and Secretary Kerry.  Amidst the doilies and glitter glue were messages like “Please don’t break our hearts. Stop KXL, please.”  To...continued

It's time the State Department sees what everyone else can see - plumes and plumes of carbon pollution from the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted April 19, 2013 by Liz Barratt-Brown in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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The massive Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, under review by the State Department, would be one of the largest pipelines in the country, carrying nearly ten times the dirty crude that erupted from a failed pipeline in Arkansas earlier this...continued

Retired Brigadier General says Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would feed "dangerous addiction" and do nothing to lower gas prices

Posted April 27, 2012 by Liz Barratt-Brown in Moving Beyond Oil

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In today’s Politico, the former chief logistician responsible for moving troops in Iraq, Retired Brigadier General Steven M. Anderson, in a piece entitled, "Keystone feeds dangerous addiction", calls on all politicians to make weaning ourselves off oil a top priority....continued

Growing concern that climate change is causing disastrous and expensive weather events underscores why we can't risk expanding tar sands oil extraction

Posted March 9, 2012 by Liz Barratt-Brown in Moving Beyond Oil

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House in Trussville, Alabama destroyed by a recent tornado, February 2012, Photo Credit: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) More Americans than ever believe that climate change is responsible for the strange weather they see around them.  A recent poll...continued

Canadian threat to send tar sands oil to Asia more bluff than ace in the hole

Posted March 6, 2012 by Liz Barratt-Brown in Moving Beyond Oil

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When the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline permit was rejected in January, the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Calgary expressed “deep disappointment” in the decision and commented on the need for Canada to “diversify its energy exports ”.  This...continued

State Department Inspector General weighs in: Says make pipeline permit review more rigorous and free of appearance of conflict of interest

Posted February 9, 2012 by Liz Barratt-Brown in Moving Beyond Oil

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       “The appearance of this . . . needs to be cleaner”           (unnamed State Department official in IG report) In a report sent to Congressional offices today, the State Department Inspector General found that the environmental review of the Keystone XL...continued

It's all about the framing: How polls and the media misrepresent the Keystone XL [tar sands][oil] pipeline

Posted February 4, 2012 by Liz Barratt-Brown in Moving Beyond Oil

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First of all, you won’t find tar sands mentioned in any of the polling.  And in most polls, you won’t even find oil.  It’s just the Keystone XL pipeline, no context, no mention of what it will carry, and certainly...continued

Keystone XL rejected: Tar sands pipeline once thought "too big to fail" has fallen

Posted January 18, 2012 by Liz Barratt-Brown in Moving Beyond Oil

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The great pipeline showdown has backfired on the Republican leadership, just as we predicted it would back in December when they forced a 60-day time-frame for approving or rejecting the pipeline on the President during the tax extension negotiations.  The...continued

Will Republican high stakes gamble kill the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline?

Posted December 17, 2011 by Liz Barratt-Brown in Moving Beyond Oil

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In a huge overreach, Senate Republicans insisted yesterday that a provision that would require the President to make a decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline be included in the tax extension package.  The package is likely to be voted on...continued

President says he's putting American public health and safety first and won't cut deal with Republicans on Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted December 7, 2011 by Liz Barratt-Brown in Moving Beyond Oil

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Today, the President – in a question and answer session with reporters after a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Harper – made it clear he is not backing down from his decision last month to take another year to...continued

Why TransCanada (and others) shouldn't be surprised by the recent Keystone XL decision

Posted November 17, 2011 by Liz Barratt-Brown in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil

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  TransCanada pipes lay stacked and ready to go in advance of securing permit (photo by Dakota Rural Action, Nov 2011)   In 2008, the Canadian company TransCanada proposed a nearly 2,000 mile pipeline that would bisect the heartland of...continued

More than 10,000 people encircle the White House asking the President to say no to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted November 6, 2011 by Liz Barratt-Brown in Moving Beyond Oil

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photo by David Hawkins; see our video and slideshow here One year from the Presidential election, over 10,000 citizens encircled the mile and a quarter circumference of the White House three times around with lots of people to spare.  They had...continued

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