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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Cautious Optimism as Second Week of Climate Negotiations Begins

As we enter the second week of COP21, the international climate negotiations, the mood in Paris is cautiously optimistic. The Draft Paris Outcome, reached midday last Saturday, provides hope that we will get an agreement by the end of this week. But there remains a lot of work to do for ministers and negotiators in the final days to ensure that the agreement is a strong one. Read more >

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Clean Energy Progress Should Pave the Way for an Ambitious Climate Agreement in Paris

Tomorrow I will be traveling to Paris for COP21, the international climate negotiations. I am going with a sense of optimism and hope that world leaders will reach a fair, ambitious agreement. A major reason for my positive outlook is the tremendous progress we have made in ramping up clean energy and driving down the costs of these technologies, all of which point toward the feasibility of deep cuts in carbon emissions. Read more >

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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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