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Elizabeth Douglass

Elizabeth Douglass writes about energy for InsideClimate News. She worked for more than two decades as a business writer at daily newspapers, including a ten-year stint at the Los Angeles Times, where she spent the last half of her tenure covering energy. Her stories followed developments in the oil market, alternative fuels, and renewable energy, and exposed long-running performance problems at California's San Onofre nuclear power plant. She also chronicled how a power company falsified data to win customer-funded performance bonuses and how oil refiners and others in California created one of the nation’s most profitable fuel markets.

While covering telecommunications, she was the first to report financial sleight-of-hand at fiber network company Global Crossing, and uncovered Pacific Bell's boiler room-style sale of add-on features. At the San Diego Union-Tribune, she co-wrote an investigative series on government contractor Science Applications International Corp. that was a finalist for the 1996 Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism.

She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

You can reach her by email at elizabeth.douglass@insideclimatenews.org

Articles

Q&A: Why First Nations Are Stopping Enbridge's Tar Sands Pipeline

Jul 31 , 2014
'We're serious about our economy. We want to make sure that it's self-sufficient and doesn't harm the environment—so it lasts forever.'

Obama's Safer Oil Train Plan Faces Rulemaking Hurdles

Jul 25 , 2014
It could take more than three years to fully halt the shipment of the most flammable liquids in the most dangerous rail cars.

U.S. Ranks Near Bottom on Energy Efficiency; Germany Tops List

Jul 18 , 2014
Overall dismal report shows the U.S. outperformed only three of the world's largest economies on energy efficiency—Russia, Brazil and Mexico.

America's Oil Consumption Is Rising, Not Falling, Outpacing China's

Jul 14 , 2014
For the first time in 14 years, the nation's increase in crude oil consumption in 2013 was higher than China's, new figures show.

Exxon's Burst Pipeline Could Restart Within a Year, but Repair Plan May Be Inadequate

Jul 7 , 2014
Exxon's pipeline stress test plan, obtained by ICN through a FOIA request, may leave crack threats lurking in the 1940s-era pipe, expert says.

Arkansas Spill Pollution Case Against Exxon Can Proceed, Court Says

Jun 30 , 2014
Potentially potent lawsuit claiming Exxon violated pollution laws after its 2013 Mayflower oil pipeline spill survives dismissal attempts.

U.S. OKs Export of Processed Condensate, Not Oil. Why the Distinction Matters

Jun 26 , 2014
Decision by the Commerce Department to allow two companies to export an ultra-light hydrocarbon confims existing policy. Or does it?

First Nations Being Courted to Back Tar Sands Refinery Projects on Their Land

Jun 23 , 2014
Companies behind refining proposals are trying hard to avoid the mistakes Enbridge made on Northern Gateway pipeline—but an uphill fight awaits.