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Doug Norlen
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Doug Norlen is an international expert in the reform of multilateral trade and finance institutions, export credit agencies, and private banks. He was instrumental in successful efforts to achieve improvements in U.S. bilateral financing policies, starting with reforms at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) announced in 1997 by President Clinton. More recently, his efforts helped establish and implement climate change and accountability reforms at OPIC and the U.S. Export-Import Bank. He is also a leader in international NGO efforts to reform export credit agencies. His work has helped lead these agencies to adopt environmental and social policies that since 2002 have been applied to over $130 billion in environmentally risky projects worldwide. Doug also spearheads Pacific Environment's efforts to pressure banks to withdraw or condition billions of dollars in funding for high profile coal, oil and gas projects, and to persuade public finance institutions to phase out financing for coal and other fossil fuel projects. Doug received a master's degree in International Studies from the University of Oregon.

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Peabody Coal 'Campaign' Hopefully Won't Fool Congress

(2) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 1:00 PM

This August a select number of Congressional offices working on international issues received an email from Advanced Energy for Life, a new PR entity extolling energy from coal. The main message of the email was that without coal, "basic needs such as hygiene, public health and life expectancy...

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U.S. Should Pull Funding From Exxon's Deadly Pipeline Project

(2) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 2:05 PM

This week, the Nation published an exposé revealing shocking new details about ExxonMobil's deadly natural gas pipeline project in Papua New Guinea. Reporter Ian Shearn reveals new allegations that the ExxonMobil subsidiary operating the project was aware that poor management practices at a local quarry could cause a...

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Update: U.S. Government Suspends Consideration of Funding for Yamal LNG

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 10:49 PM

On March 25, 2014, my Huffington Post blog, Will the U.S. Fund Russian Gas Exports? reported on the U.S. Government's consideration of funding for the enormous and environmentally harmful Yamal liquid natural gas (Yamal LNG) export project in the Russian Arctic. I questioned whether the U.S. government will...

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Will the U.S. Fund Russian Gas Exports?

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 6:37 PM

As the geopolitical crisis in Ukraine grows, Western governments are talking tough about sanctions against Russia. President Obama and the European Union have now leveled sanctions against Russian and Crimean political figures and a bank, but not yet against other companies. As Rachel Maddow points out, with these sanctions, the...

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Energy Access and the True Cost of Fossil Fuel Projects in Africa

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 11:59 AM

Last year President Obama launched Power Africa, an initiative to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa, where more than two-thirds of the population is without electricity. In a parallel move, the House Foreign Affairs Committee leadership introduced the Electrify Africa Act to encourage access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa....

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