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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The National Flood Insurance Program Must Be Improved: 5 Ways to Promote Climate Resilience

If you own a home along the coast or elsewhere in a floodplain, you may have heard of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). What you may not know is that this program doesn’t just provide insurance; it is also critical for how we assess risks and help protect people and property in flood-prone areas.

The NFIP is up for Congressional re-authorization in September 2017, and it’s time to consider changes that would make the program work better, especially in light of growing development in floodplains and climate change. Read more >

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NOAA #dataviz shows high temperatures setting in as a heat dome begins to bake the U.S., July 18 2016. http://go.usa.gov/xaaPB

What Does “Clean Energy Access for All” Mean in the Context of a Dangerous Heat Wave?

The Obama administration has set some exciting goals to help ensure that the benefits of transitioning to clean energy accrue to all. Read more >

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North American Leaders Commit to Increase Clean Energy and Cut Methane Emissions

Ahead of the North American Leaders’ Summit in Ottawa tomorrow, the White House has announced that President Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto will jointly commit to generating 50 percent of the continent’s power from clean energy sources by 2025. Mexico will also join Canada and the US in their previously announced goal of reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 to 45 percent below 2012 levels by 2025. Read more >

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The Devastating Fort McMurray Wildfire and What It Means for 2016 Wildfire Season

The 2016 wildfire season is just getting underway and, sadly, we are already seeing a repeat of many of the tragedies of other recent fires seasons. Read more >

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US Must Do More to Meet Paris Climate Change Commitments

New analysis details how much power sector policies are contributing to the US 2025 global warming emission reduction goals. The bottom line: they make a serious dent in emissions but much more is needed to deliver on the promise of Paris. Read more >

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