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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Climate Equity: Building Resilience for Communities on the Frontlines of Climate Change

Today the Union of Concerned Scientists released a new report, Surviving and Thriving in the Face of Rising Seas, which calls attention to the need for more resources and greater policy attention to help protect and prepare communities on the front lines of climate change. Read more >

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In Wake of Terrorist Attacks, Global Leaders Affirm Commitment to a Strong Outcome at Paris Climate Talks

We have all been following the news of the terrible events in Paris and Beirut with deep sadness and concern. In the midst of dealing with the immediate crisis, France, the host nation of the upcoming international climate talks has affirmed its commitment to have the event, known as COP21, go ahead as planned. It’s a courageous response, and one that recognizes the urgency and importance of a strong global climate agreement for the future of our planet. Read more >

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The Clean Power Plan Goes to the Federal Register: Facts vs. Bogus Lawsuits

Tomorrow the final Clean Power Plan will be published in the Federal Register, which is the official publication of the federal government notifying the public about new regulations and guidance or changes to existing ones. We already know the Clean Power Plan is good for our health and our pocketbooks but that won’t stop naysayers from filing an avalanche of bogus legal challenges to it. Read more >

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If China Can Do It, Why Not Us? Carbon Pricing and Cooperation on Climate Change

Last Thursday night news broke of the impending announcement of a national cap-and-trade program for carbon in China, as part of a U.S.-China joint climate announcement. This market-based approach, pioneered in the U.S. with the sulfur dioxide trading program, has clearly come to be seen as an essential policy tool to combat climate change, increasingly embraced by countries, policymakers, and global business leaders of all political persuasions. Read more >

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Doing More to Protect Frontline Communities Ten Years After Katrina

As we come up on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the terrible devastation wrought by the hurricane is in the headlines again. For those who experienced the storm first-hand, the ongoing struggle to recover is ever-present and this must be a wrenching anniversary. What can we do as a nation to support frontline communities to be better prepared and protected for future disasters? How can we better account for the growing risks to coastal communities, especially in light of sea level rise and worsening storm surge?  And how can we ensure that we channel our investments in an equitable way so as to build resilience in all communities? Read more >

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