Rachel Cleetus

Lead economist and climate policy manager

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Rachel Cleetus is an expert on the design and economic evaluation of climate and energy policies, as well as the costs of climate change. She holds a Ph.D. in economics. See Rachel's full bio.

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Hurricane Matthew: What’s Next for Recovery and Rebuilding?

Hurricane Matthew carved a path of devastation through Haiti, the Bahamas, and large swaths of the Southeastern US, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. The loss of life and destruction of property is tragic. Slowly, unevenly, places that were hard-hit will be turning to recovery and rebuilding efforts. What can we do to better prepare and protect people and make our rebuilding efforts more resilient going forward?

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The Clean Power Plan Goes to Court: A Crucial Moment in Our Fight against Climate Change

History won’t look back kindly on those who are standing in the way of progress. It’s clear that clean energy is already delivering economic and public health benefits and the need to act on climate is urgent. Read more >

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Delivering on the Paris Climate Agreement: The Oxford 1.5 Degrees Conference Charts a Path

This week I am heading to Oxford to attend a conference, 1.5 Degrees: Meeting the challenges of the Paris Agreement. This comes close on the heels of the recent ratification of the Paris Agreement by the US, China and Brazil. Clearly, the next phase of work focused on fulfilling the promise of Paris is in full swing, and I am excited to be part of it. Read more >

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In Memoriam: Paul Baer

This week the world lost a passionate advocate for climate equity. Over the last few days, it’s been clear that many, many people around the world are mourning his loss and remembering his unique contributions to the climate movement. Read more >

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Wildfires and Climate Change: Current Policies Fail to Limit Wildfire Risks

Worsening wildfire seasons are outstripping the capacity of federal agencies to respond. Read more >

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