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Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, Director of Programs, Washington, D.C.

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

For over 25 years, I have worked with partners from around the world as an environmental advocate. At NRDC, I have moved from working internationally to helping guide all of our work in the United States and around the world. I'm proud to fight beside our many partners around the world and here at home on behalf of people and the environment. Follow me on twitter @CaseyLefkowitz

Recent Posts

Senate Rejects Bid to Force Approval of Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Posted November 18, 2014 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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Despite strong lobbying by oil-industry allies, the U.S. Senate tonight defeated an effort to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The Senate vote reaffirms a commitment to fight climate change. Taking leadership sometimes means saying “no”.  This bill would...continued

US and India Progress on Long-Missed Opportunity: Increasing Clean Energy Access

Posted October 1, 2014 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Co-written with Avinash Kar and Meredith Connolly Meeting in Washington, DC this week, President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made important commitments for U.S.-India partnership in fighting climate change and accelerating clean energy, echoing discussions at...continued

Neil Young, Willie Nelson and 8,000 in Nebraska Stand Up to the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Posted September 27, 2014 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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Under a warm September sun, thousands spread out across the cornfield on the Tanderup family farm in Neligh, Nebraska. We sang along with Neil Young and Willie Nelson to honor the beautiful Nebraska farms and ranches, waters and traditional...continued

Marching to Make the Urgency for Climate Action Clear

Posted September 18, 2014 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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  Climate change is no longer a far-off peril, it’s here and now. From Hurricane Sandy on the U.S. east coast to the horrific Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, from rising seas to widespread droughts, wildfires, floods and famine,...continued

Keystone XL may wait on Nebraska route, but climate change impacts wait for no one

Posted April 18, 2014 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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Graphic from Oil Change International   The State Department is providing additional time for comments on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, extending the process, until more is known about the project’s route through Nebraska. A Nebraska court had...continued

Nobel Peace Prize Laureates urge Obama to make the right choice and reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted April 16, 2014 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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As the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline nears the end of its national interest determination process, ten Nobel Peace Prize laureates are urging President Obama to deny the project, citing the moral imperative of protecting some of the world’s most...continued

Youth Voices Raised to Reject Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline: "This Is Our Future"

Posted March 3, 2014 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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Thank you to each and every one of the hundreds of people who joined together for a march on Washington yesterday to ask the President to “Dec-line the Pipe-line”.  And a special thanks to the 398 young people who...continued

Passion Remains High Because Keystone XL Marks a Turning Point on Climate

Posted February 21, 2014 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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Now five years after it was first proposed, why do so many Americans, including the environmental community, remain so passionately opposed to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline? The fervor arises from a fundamental question. Will we continue relying...continued

Secretary Kerry is right that climate change needs to be tackled like a "weapon of mass destruction"

Posted February 16, 2014 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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Secretary Kerry got it right when he identified climate change as one of the most urgent issues facing the world in a February 16 speech in Jakarta. Kerry got it right on the science, the urgency, and the opportunity to...continued

Keystone XL will significantly increase oil industry investment in the tar sands

Posted February 11, 2014 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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A major issue in the decision around the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is the extent to which this project will drive expansion of tar sands extraction and the associated climate change. This dirty energy project will make climate...continued

State Department review spurs rallies across country asking President to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted February 2, 2014 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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The State Department released its environmental review of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline amidst a flurry of industry spin. Although the first wave of stories reported that the review “paved the way” for approval, many of these stories...continued

Next up for Keystone XL: the question of national interest will show that the tar sands pipeline must be rejected

Posted January 31, 2014 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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As the assessment of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline enters the final stages with the release of the final environmental review, there are a lot of questions about what we can expect. Bottom line: the Keystone XL tar sands...continued

State of the Union speech sets the stage for international climate leadership and cooperation

Posted January 29, 2014 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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President Obama in his State of the Union speech reaffirmed his commitment to take action on clean energy and fighting climate change. Around the world, leaders are watching how we add additional action to the progress already made in achieving...continued

Ontario's move to zero coal shows leadership in tackling climate change

Posted November 21, 2013 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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With coal often as the elephant in the room at the international climate talks, the Canadian province of Ontario has a good news story that shows important leadership in tackling climate change. Ontario is about to become the first jurisdiction...continued

Tackling the climate crisis with the reality of renewable energy

Posted November 20, 2013 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Greening China, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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Climate change is being felt in rising world temperatures and sea levels, as well as in high-cost weather events. It can feel so disempowering to be overpowered by the weather.  Yet when we look around the world, the potential for...continued

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