Rachel Cleetus

Lead Economist & Climate Policy Manager

Rachel Cleetus is the lead economist and climate policy manager with the Climate and Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She designs and advocates for effective global warming policies at the federal, regional, state, and international levels. These policies include market-based approaches (such as cap-and-trade programs) and complementary, sector-based approaches (such as efficiency, renewable energy, and clean technology research and development). She also analyzes the economic costs of inaction on climate change.

Prior to joining UCS, Dr. Cleetus worked as a consultant for the World Wildlife Fund, performing policy-focused research on the links between sustainable development, trade, and ecosystems in Asia and Africa. She also worked for Tellus Institute in the energy and environment program, under the mentorship of Steve Bernow.

Dr. Cleetus holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in economics from Duke University and a B.S. in economics from West Virginia University.

Dr. Cleetus has been quoted widely, including by the Associated Press, The Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, Politico, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, and The Washington Post, and has appeared on Al Jazeera America, The Today Show, and National Public Radio.


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