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Rocky Kistner, Communications Associate, Washington, DC

Rocky Kistner
I’ve spent more than 20 years as a journalist, working as a reporter for a variety of print and broadcast outlets. In 2009 I began working with NRDC’s communications staff on climate change issues. During the BP oil disaster In 2010 and 2011, I staffed NRDC's Gulf Resource Center in Buras, LA, deep in the heart of the Louisiana bayou and ground zero of the biggest U.S. oil spill in history. Since then I've continued to blog about this disaster's ongoing impacts on residents and fishermen in the Gulf, as well as producing videos and blogs about other oil-damaged communities affected by tar sands oil spills in Michigan and Arkansas. I'm based in NRDC's office in Washington, D.C., where I am raising my two daughters.

Recent Posts

A Texas Landowner Stands Tall in the Keystone XL Tar Sands Fight

Posted March 26, 2014 by Rocky Kistner in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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I first met Julia Trigg Crawford on a chilly February morning in 2012, rallying a crowd of outraged Texas landowners protesting on the courthouse steps in Paris, TX. Julia was in court defending her eminent domain lawsuit against TransCanada’s planned $7 billion, 1,700 mile Keystone XL...continued

Over Two Million Comments Filed Against the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Posted March 7, 2014 by Rocky Kistner in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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In a chilly March wind, protesters marched along the snow-splashed streets of Washington to deliver more than two million comments opposed to building the Canadian-backed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Chanting “We don’t want your dirty oil!” and “Leave the...continued

For Our Youth, Good Jobs Are Green Jobs

Posted February 25, 2014 by Rocky Kistner in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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As the Arctic melts, oceans acidify, storms intensify and crops wither in drought-stricken areas of the globe, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the dire consequences of climate change. Faced with the onslaught of polluter cash that line the pockets of...continued

To Fight Climate Change, What Would George Washington Do?

Posted February 17, 2014 by Rocky Kistner in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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On this President's Day, it's fitting to reflect on a November night more than 200 years ago, when Gen. George Washington and fellow patriot leader Thomas Paine rowed out onto New Jersey’s Millstone River with a contingent of soldiers to settle a scientific mystery;...continued

Keystone XL Tar Sands Protests: A Moment in Our History

Posted February 5, 2014 by Rocky Kistner in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr at the Keystone XL vigil       Photo: Rocky Kistner/NRDC Several hundred Keystone XL tar sands pipeline protesters gathered in Washington DC’s Lafayette Park Monday night, familiar territory for one of the biggest environmental fights in history. It...continued

Holidays on the Oil Spill Front Lines

Posted November 25, 2013 by Rocky Kistner in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Solving Global Warming

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This will be J.J. Creppel's last Thanksgiving at his home in Plaquemines Parish, a sliver of marshy land that juts out from the southeast corner of Louisiana and hugs the Mississippi River as it empties into the Gulf of Mexico. But J.J....continued

Victims On the Front Lines of Climate Disasters Call for Congressional Action

Posted October 3, 2013 by Rocky Kistner in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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As the world's climate scientists increasingly sound the alarm about the growing threats of climate change, more and more people hard-hit by the rising tide of dangerous extreme weather events are demanding that Congress take action. Those voices were loud...continued

Health Problems Still Plague Arkansas Residents Near ExxonMobil Tar Sands Spill

Posted August 26, 2013 by Rocky Kistner in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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It’s been a warm, rain-soaked summer in the small lakeside community of Mayflower, a sleepy residential town north of Little Rock famous its bluegill and bass fishing in nearby Lake Conway. But for some folks here, the rain has brought...continued

Gulf Rig Fire is Deja Vu for Fishermen Still Reeling from BP Disaster

Posted August 1, 2013 by Rocky Kistner in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Solving Global Warming

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Hercules Offshore rig on fire/U.S. Coast Guard photo When the Hercules Offshore Inc. gas well  blew and caught fire  last week, spewing natural gas and flames into the air 50 miles off the Gulf coast, many in the nearby...continued

Two Months Later, Arkansas Residents Still Hurting From ExxonMobil Tar Sands Spill

Posted June 3, 2013 by Rocky Kistner in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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More than two months after ExxonMobil’s 65-year-old Pegasus pipeline burst and spewed a gusher of thick Canadian tar sands oil through Mayflower, AR, and into a marsh on Lake Conway—the state’s most popular fishing spot—residents are still complaining of health problems...continued

A River of Tar Sands Crude Floods an Arkansas Town

Posted April 19, 2013 by Rocky Kistner in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Amber Bartlett had just finished reading a book in her Mayflower, AR, home when she got a call from her teenage daughter that she will never forget; police had stopped her from entering their subdivision because of a dangerous oil spill...continued

Pope Francis and Climate Change; Si Se Puede!

Posted March 15, 2013 by Rocky Kistner in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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With a puff of white smoke, the world was greeted this week with the announcement of a new pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the Argentine Cardinal now known as Pope Francis, named after the patron saint of the poor St. Francis...continued

The Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline: A 21st Century Schizoid Climate Plan

Posted March 8, 2013 by Rocky Kistner in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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Canada harbors some of the great environmental Arctic treasures of the world, magnificent polar bears, wildlife and fisheries unique to its pristine Arctic shores. But the land of the Maple Leaf also is pushing policies that will destroy these natural jewels that already are...continued

Chasing Ice in a Warming World

Posted February 25, 2013 by Rocky Kistner in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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Many believe “Chasing Ice,” the powerful climate change film nominated for an Oscar for its haunting original song, "Before My Time," should have made the cut for Best Documentary Feature too. But if you haven’t seen the virtuoso film directed by Jeff Orlowski, you still may have...continued

Break Out of Groundhog Day, Cut Carbon Pollution and Heal the Climate

Posted February 5, 2013 by Rocky Kistner in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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When Punxsutawney Phil raised his furry groundhog nose into the cloudy, bone-chilling air and saw no shadow last weekend, he immediate forecast an early spring. Although Phil’s history of accuracy isn't exactly stellar, he could be onto something this year. After recording the hottest...continued

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