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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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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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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