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Rocky Kistner
Rocky Kistner is a reporter/producer for OnEarth/NRDC in Washington, DC. During the 2010 BP oil spill, he staffed NRDC's Gulf Resource Center in Buras, LA. He is a former print and broadcast reporter. He blogs on NRDC's Switchboard.

Entries by Rocky Kistner

Ground Zero for the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 3:33 PM

This blog and video first appeared on NRDC Earthwire.

Despite a promised veto from President Obama, the House passed a bill on Friday to authorize the proposed Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. As Republicans and Democrats battle out the climate and economic consequences...

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Are You Ready for a Coal Town Turnaround?

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 5:14 PM

By Rocky Kistner, OnEarth

In West Virginia’s largest newspaper this week, journalist Ken Ward Jr., a veteran chronicler of the coalfields, spotlights poll numbers that might surprise the politicians in his state—most of whom are already bemoaning President Obama’s new

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

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 12:57 PM

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 tar sands...

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

(26) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 10:05 PM

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 tar sands where they are, climate change has gone too...

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For Our Youth, Good Jobs Are Green Jobs

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 11:39 AM

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 politicians and smear the findings of climate scientists, who can...

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To Fight Climate Change, What Would George Washington Do?

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 11:49 AM

On this Presidents 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; what was behind the rumors of the river catching fire?

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Keystone XL Tar Sands Protests: A Moment in Our History

(13) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 6:28 PM

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 was one of nearly 300 protests...

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Holidays on the Oil Spill Front Lines

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 6:04 AM

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. says after 60 years, he’s finally leaving the Cajun fishing...

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

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 12:29 PM

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 and clear when the Congressional Safe Climate Caucus held...

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Health Problems Still Plague Arkansas Residents Near ExxonMobil Tar Sands Spill

(423) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 2:14 PM

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

But for some folks here, the rain has brought an unpleasant reminder that Mayflower is not the same...

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Gulf Rig Fire Is Deja Vu for Fishermen Still Reeling From BP Disaster

(8) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 1:02 PM

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 fishing communities had another sickening feeling of déjà vu. It's been a little over three years since they plugged...

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

(833) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 1:12 PM

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 and are worried about poisonous impacts on wildlife and the environment. Many locals...

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A River of Tar Sands Crude Floods an Arkansas Town

(15) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 10:20 AM

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 in the neighborhood. Amber looked out her window in disbelief,...

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Pope Francis and Climate Change: Si Se Puede!

(153) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 5:36 PM

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 of Assisi.

The new pontiff’s role in assisting the...

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

(52) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 11:14 AM

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 showing signs of damaging impacts from climate change. Canada...

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Chasing Ice in a Warming World

(212) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 3:51 PM

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 time to run to the nearest theater to watch...

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

(53) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 9:34 AM

When Punxsutawney Phil raised his furry groundhog nose into the cloudy, bone-chilling air and saw no shadow last weekend, he immediately 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 year on record in the lower 48, the National...

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Fight Keystone XL Tar Sands Pollution and Protect the Climate

(20) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 12:30 PM

Up in the pristine Canadian boreal forests and freshwater deltas of Alberta, home to caribou, whooping crane and native communities settled long before Europeans arrived, a poisonous sore is being gouged out of the carbon-rich soil, a massive tar sands oil mining operation that could have huge climate impacts for people across the globe.   

New information...

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The Extreme Weather Threat That's All Around Us

(111) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 11:48 AM

This is not a good time to be a climate change denier. After a record-breaking year of dangerous weather in 2012—following a destructive year in 2011—scientific reports are rolling out this month showing extreme weather in the U.S. is on the rise, threatening Americans today with bone-bleaching drought, fueling more devastating...

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Along Big Muddy, the Warning Signs of Climate Change Are Clear

(6) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 10:44 AM

When officials confirmed this week that 2012 was the hottest year on record in the contiguous U.S., it came as no surprise to anyone who walked through the cauterized corn fields of America’s breadbasket last summer, talking to farmer’s traumatized by the searing 100-degree heat that seemed to have no end.

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