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Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, Director International Program, Washington, D.C.

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

For over 20 years, I have worked with partners from around the world as an environmental advocate. At NRDC, I help guide all of our international work - especially in India, Latin America, Canada and globally as well as coordination with our office in China. I am inspired by the incredible hard work and dedication I see every day to protect the environment. And 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

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

Calls for action intensify at climate conference in wake of Typhoon Haiyan

Posted November 13, 2013 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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This year's U.N. climate conference in Warsaw was expected to be a quiet international gathering. The horrific, still-unfolding tragedy wrought by Typhoon Haiyan half a world away has changed that.  Spurred by a heartfelt opening-day appeal by the delegate from the...continued

Despite new energy agreement between British Columbia and Alberta, opposition to tar sands moving west remains strong

Posted November 5, 2013 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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A big part of the discussion about the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline hinges on the extent to which Keystone XL would be a driver of tar sands expansion. With Canadians raising concerns about tar sands pipelines crossing...continued

Strong Climate Action Requires Moving Away from Fossil Fuels

Posted November 5, 2013 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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Looking ahead towards a next round of global commitments to tackle climate change, the scientific consensus is that we need strong action. Climate change is an unprecedented challenge. And that means we need innovative and far-reaching solutions. As governments prepare...continued

Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Fight: Critical Part of Tackling Dirty Energy and Climate Change

Posted November 4, 2013 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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When it comes to fighting climate change, we need to tackle every source of dirty energy while building clear pathways for clean energy to succeed. Today’s energy challenges include a continued global dependence on coal as well as on ever...continued

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