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Phil Radford, Executive Director, Greenpeace US

Phil is a globally recognized American environmental, clean energy, and democracy leader currently serving as the Executive Director of Greenpeace USA. He was a co-founder of the Democracy Initiative, served as the Founder and Executive Director of Power Shift, and is a board member of Green Corps. He has a background in grassroots organizing, campaign planning, and energy policy.

Radford’s theory of change shifted from viewing governments as arbitrators between public and private interests on environmental issues, to finding that most governments are captured by industry. Rather than fighting first for new laws, which could be blocked by industries, he has focused on pressuring large companies to change their practices and enlisted them as allies in pushing for strong environmental protections. Examples include Greenpeace campaigns to transform electric utilities and to protect both the Indonesian rainforest and the Bering Sea Canyons. Radford argues that the combination of creating industry champions and “outside pressure” focused on the government are the keys to passing new laws to protect the environment.[4] In addition, Radford has played a leading role in efforts to give citizens an upper hand over companies in influencing government.

Radford is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, NBC, and ABC News.

Entries by Philip Radford

It's Time to Shine a Light on Dark Money

(2) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 1:55 PM

It's easy to see the effects of big corporations on our environment in places like Ohio and North Dakota, where fracking is spoiling farmland, or Arkansas, where the Mayflower oil spill is still causing havoc, or Alaska, where carbon pollution is pushing polar bears to the...

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WATCH: People Around the Country Give #ClimateThanks

(5) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 12:04 PM

This Thanksgiving, people around the country who have felt some of the most severe impacts of climate change have come together to thank people taking action -- in large and small ways -- to try to stop the unfolding catastrophe.

This remarkable video shows people from Louisiana...

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It's Time To Free the Arctic 30 & Stand Up Against Fossil Fuel Extraction Everywhere

(74) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 1:11 PM

All around the globe, record numbers of people from all walks of life are being thrown into jails because they are standing up to protect the most basic of human needs -- uncontaminated water, unpolluted lands, and a liveable climate free from the ramifications of extreme fossil fuel extraction. If...

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PHOTOS: The Oil Spill North Dakota Tried to Keep Secret

(21) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 11:00 AM

On September 29th, Steve Jensen, a farmer in northwest North Dakota, discovered crude oil "spewing and bubbling 6 inches high" out on his field while he was harvesting wheat. The spewing oil came from a break in Tesoro Corporation's underground pipeline which carries crude oil from Bakken shale...

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LOOK: Dramatic PHOTOS of Greenpeace Ship Seized at Gunpoint by Russian Military

(9) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 9:09 AM

The fossil fuel industry is desperate. They're searching the earth for more and more extreme forms of energy, hoping to get the last of the oil, coal, and gas out of the ground before it's all gone.

With this extreme desperation for fossil fuels comes extreme behavior. Russian oil...

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SHOCKING VIDEO: Shots Fired by Russian Military During Greenpeace Arctic Protest

(17) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 10:21 AM

Last week, a brave group of international Greenpeace activists scaled the first commercially viable offshore oil rig in the Arctic, the Prirazlomnaya in Russia's Pechora Sea. What you're seeing in the video above is the Russian military footage of the Special Forces response to that peaceful protest, revealing the lengths the Russian government will go to in order to protect state owned oil facilities in Russia.

Female climber Sini Saarela from Finland -- clearly in distress -- is heard shouting "I'm coming down, I'm coming down!" while armed agents recklessly pull on a safety rope used to secure her to the structure. The video then shows live rounds fired into the water by Russian security forces despite an activist on the Greenpeace boat clearly holding his hands in the air, signaling his peaceful intentions.

After firing 11 shots and brandishing knives at the protesters, the Federal Security Service (FSB) took the two activists into custody. 12 hours later, the Special Forces illegally seized the ship, the Arctic Sunrise, and towed it and its 30 member crew, including American Captain Peter Willcox, to Murmansk where it continues to hold them without formal charges.

Peaceful activism is crucial when governments around the world have failed to respond to dire scientific warnings about the consequences of climate change in the Arctic and elsewhere.

Gazprom plans to start production from the Prirazlomnaya platform in the first quarter of 2014, raising the risk of an oil spill in an area that contains three nature reserves protected by Russian law.

The company has also signed a deal with Royal Dutch Shell to further exploit Russia's Arctic shelf. Although joint Shell-Gazprom drilling operations remain some years away, the partnership will expose Shell's investors to the huge risks associated with Russia's chaotic oil...

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Don't Let the Industry Frack the Facts About Methane Pollution

(35) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 3:33 PM

Today, the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources released a study funded by the Environmental Defense Fund and the natural gas industry that stated two things: that the sample size it looked at is "not sufficient" to fully understand the methane pollution from fracking, and that the rates...

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VIDEO: Keeping the Dream Alive for American Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 2:56 PM

Tomorrow, the progressive movement will stand together to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington because we want to protect working families, keep our air and water clean, and ensure justice for every American.

Corporate money is currently flooding our political system and drowning out the voices of everyday Americans. We are gathering together tomorrow in Washington to send the signal that this is still our fight-and we have the momentum to win it now. People from across the country are fighting to tip the balance of power back to the people, and away from big money and bigotry.

We want to realize Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of America, but we can't do it if we're divided into separate groups.

If you believe in a united vision of government working for all of the American people, share this video to tell the world that "We Are All...

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Are You in Danger of a Preventable Chemical Plant Explosion?

(10) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 12:35 PM

Yesterday, President Obama issued an Executive Order mandating that the Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of Labor and Homeland Security to develop plans for new safety measure at chemical plants like the one in West, Texas that exploded in April, killing 17 people and injuring hundreds.

That...

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If You Want to Breathe Clean Air, Senate Reform and Democracy Matter

(20) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 2:18 PM

This week, the Senate will decide whether they will end Congressional gridlock with a simple majority, or if they will continue to allow obstructionist lawmakers to paralyze the government with partisan gimmicks. For our health, our communities, and for our planet that supports life in all its diversity,...

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President Unveils 'Obama Climate Pollution Test' for Future Energy Projects

(10) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 4:47 PM

Today, in his speech at Georgetown University, President Obama challenged us to answer the essential question for every future energy policy decision we face -- what will the net climate impact be if this project goes forward?

It was a bold, monumental speech, the best by not...

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For Our Future, Today Can't Be Obama's Final #ActOnClimate

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 10:28 AM

This afternoon at Georgetown University, President Obama plans to announce a series of "steady, responsible steps" to tackle climate change. It appears that the president will finally begin to make good on his climate promises, but to truly meet his obligation to future generations, this must be the...

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A Breakthrough in How We Work to Protect Our Oceans

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 4:00 PM

The Bering Sea is known to scientists and conservationists as one of the most remarkable places on Earth -- a home to sponges, coral, fish, crab, skates, sperm whales, orcas, Steller sea lions, and a vast array of other species all part of a delicate ecosystem extremely vulnerable to human...

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Why North Carolina's 'Moral Mondays' Matter for Democracy and the Planet

(16) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 10:10 AM

Every Monday for the past month, North Carolina citizens from across the spectrum have gathered at the State House in Raleigh to protest the pro-corporate, anti-rights agenda of the legislature's newly elected Republicans. The top priority of these Republicans is to pass every law imaginable to wreck the environment and...

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An Open Letter to the Congressional Committee Investigating Politically-Motivated IRS Audits

(31) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 1:34 PM

Dear Senator Carl Levin, Senator John McCain, Congressman Elijah Cummings and Congressman Darrell Issa:

Greenpeace has been watching with great interest the unfolding controversy over whether the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) singled out "tea party" groups for special scrutiny. We're pleased to see Attorney General Eric Holder takes this issue...

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Will Repairs to the Oconee Nuclear Plant Cost Duke Energy a Billion Dollars?

(29) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 10:32 AM

Duke Energy and government regulators have been hiding a not-so-little secret from the people of the Carolinas. Duke's Oconee nuclear power plant, three aged nuclear reactors 30 miles from Greenville, SC, is at risk of a meltdown should an upstream dam fail. If that were to happen, a...

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Shell's Plot to Take Away Your First Amendment Rights

(31) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 11:04 AM

Corporations want to work in secret. It's what they do, and why they have lawyers. In secret, they can spill, clearcut, burn, and otherwise destroy the environment and local communities while telling the world they're doing just the opposite. Shell Oil's legal team is currently working overtime to...

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The Arkansas Oil Spill Photos the Keystone Cabal Doesn't Want You to See

(102) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 10:32 AM


A worker carries used absorbent material after attempting to pick up oil from Exxon pipeline spill near Mayflower, Arkansas.

Nearly 12,000 barrels of crude oil spilled out of Exxon Mobil's Pegasus pipeline into...

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The Environmental Case for a Path to Citizenship

(1) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 12:17 PM

Greenpeace knows that the best way to fight corporate polluters is through collective action. From stopping dangerous coal plant pollution to cleaning up toxic spills, the only way to keep our communities and our children healthy is by speaking out in a big way. But if people are afraid to...

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America's Environmental Future Starts Now

(50) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 4:15 PM

This Sunday, a new environmental movement will arrive in Washington, D.C. Thousands of people will join 350.org, the Sierra Club, and the Hip Hop Caucus' "Forward on Climate" rally to call out with one voice and demand Obama keep his promise to future generations.

I will be proud...

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