Eileen Claussen

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Eileen Claussen was President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and Strategies for the Global Environment. In 1998, she founded the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, which became C2ES in 211. Under Ms. Claussen’s leadership, C2ES became widely recognized in the United States and internationally as a leading independent voice for practical policy and action to address the twin challenges of energy and climate change.

C2ES has consistently been named among the top environmental think tanks in the world by the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go-To Think Tank Index and was honored by the Clinton Global Initiative for the success of its “Make an Impact” program in empowering individuals to save energy.

Ms. Claussen held several senior posts during more than 2 years of government service before launching the Center. From 1987 to 1993, she was Director of the Office of Atmospheric Programs for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where she led efforts to protect the ozone layer, managed EPA’s energy efficiency programs, including creation of the popular Energy Star program, and was responsible for the acid rain emissions trading program under a Title IV of the Clean Air Act. As chair of the Montreal Protocol Multilateral Fund, Ms. Claussen was instrumental in negotiating and implementing the Montreal Protocol, a treaty curbing the production of ozone-depleting CFCs.

From 1993 to 1996, Claussen served as a Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Global Environmental Affairs at the National Security Council. She went on to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, where she led U.S. diplomacy on issues such as global warming, biodiversity, forest management, oceans, desertification and trade and the environment.

Ms. Claussen has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Fitzhugh Green Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Environmental Protection and the Meritorious Executive Award for Sustained Superior Accomplishment. She is the recipient of the Department of State’s Career Achievement Award and the Distinguished Executive Award for Sustained Extraordinary Accomplishment. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Ecomagination Advisory Board, The National Petroleum Council, and the Singapore International Advisory Committee. She received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Loughborough University. She also served as the Timothy Atkeson scholar in residence at Yale University.

Posts by Eileen Claussen

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Eileen Claussen’s Remarks at “Climate Solutions: The Role of Nuclear Power”
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The State of the Climate
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The opportunities of distributed generation
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We can build on innovative power sector policies
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Climate change is a business risk
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Proud of what we’ve done, but there’s still more to accomplish
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Claussen and Farrell: Natural gas can benefit the economy and the climate

Richmond Times Dispatch Op-ed by Eileen Claussen and Tom Farrell America’s newly abundant natural gas supplies offer the opportunity to address two goals at once — increasing the amount of affordable, reliable energy powering the world economy, and making progress …

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Get outside the beltway to change the climate debate
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Fine-tuning the carbon market

Letter to the Editor The Washington Post Published May 9, 2013 Regarding the May 6 front-page article “Europe’s carbon market goes bust”: In evaluating Europe’s cap-and-trade system, it’s important to distinguish means (a carbon price) from ends (carbon reductions). Europe’s …

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Eileen Claussen’s Remarks to the Electric Power Supply Association
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How should Washington address climate change?
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The U.S. must stick to its pledge to cut greenhouse gases

Letter to the Editor The Washington Post Published December 6, 2012 Regarding the Dec. 4 editorial “The heat is on in Doha”: Much as we would like it to be true, it is premature to assert, as the editorial board …

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We could find common ground on a carbon tax
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Why we could see climate change action
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President Obama has the opportunity to press for strong climate action
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Patience and policy needed on drive toward sustainability
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Energy Exchange Series Keynote: Responding to the Major Forces Shaping Energy Today
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Eileen Claussen’s Opening Remarks at SIEW Discussion on Energy Efficiency
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Abundant natural gas is a game changer
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“Energy independence” is a slogan. Our real goal should be energy security
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Should wind tax credit stay or go?
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Is Global Warming Causing Wild Weather?
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Speech: Utilizing CCS to Reduce Emissions
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Speech: Government Role in Low-Carbon Innovation
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Eileen Claussen’s remarks at Electric Vehicles: Plugging into the U.S. Grid Event
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Congressional Testimony of Eileen Claussen: Copenhagen and Beyond: Is There a Successor to the Kyoto Protocol?
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Congressional Testimony of Eileen Claussen – How to Design Legislation to Contain Cost and Minimize GHG Allowance Price Volatility
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Carbonfirst USA: Climate policy and market insights

Eileen Claussen responds to questions about domestic and international climate policy in the US-focused June edition of CARBONfirst.   Do you believe a US cap-and-trade bill can be passed out of Congress in 2009? What chance does the bill have …

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Congressional Testimony of Eileen Claussen – Competitiveness and Climate Policy
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Congressional Testimony of Eileen Claussen – USCAP Recommendations for Climate Legislation
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Congressional Testimony of Eileen Claussen – Reducing U.S. greenhouse Gas Emissions Cost-Effectively
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Congressional Testimony of Eileen Claussen – Regarding International Climate Change Negotiations: Restoring U.S. Leadership
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U.S. Exceptionalism and Climate Change (Part II)

This article originally appeared in The Globalist, July 2007.   American exceptionalism is becoming an increasingly potent force in U.S. environmental policymaking. As Eileen Claussen and Elliot Diringer argue, the United States must encourage and tap those elements of U.S. …

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U.S. Exceptionalism and Climate Change (Part I)

This article originally appeared in The Globalist, July 2007.   U.S. policymaking has long been influenced by a sense of exceptionalism, or divinely blessed uniqueness. As Eileen Claussen and Elliot Diringer argue, the United States is indeed exceptional when it …

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Congressional Testimony of Eileen Claussen: Regarding U.S. Re-Engagement in the Global Effort to Fight Climate Change
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A New Climate Treaty: US Leadership After Kyoto

This article originally appeared in Harvard International Review, July 2007.   For years, despite a steady accumulation of science showing the clear and present dangers of global climate change, efforts toward an effective international response have been at a virtual …

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Congressional Testimony of Eileen Claussen Regarding The Effects of Global Warming
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Congressional Testimony of Eileen Claussen: Trading and International Competitiveness
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Congressional Testimony of Eileen Claussen: Regarding the Climate Change Technology Deployment in Developing Countries Act of 2005 (S.883)
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A Climate Policy Framework: Balancing Policy and Politics

A diverse group of business, government, and environmental leaders, brought together by the Aspen Institute and the Pew Center, recommends a framework for a mandatory greenhouse gas reduction program for the United States. The group started with the premise that, …

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Congressional Testimony of Eileen Claussen: Regarding the Draft American Investments for Reduction of Emissions Act of 2003
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Beyond Bonn: Forging a Global Agreement

Asia Perspectives The Periodical of the Mansfield Center for Pacific Affairs Almost a decade ago, the nations of the world gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and acknowledged that “the global nature of climate change calls for the widest possible …

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Op-Ed: The Climate Challenge Begins at Home

Opinion Editorial The Climate Challenge Begins at Home The Washington Post   Now that the rest of the world has resolved to move ahead with the Kyoto global warming treaty, pressure is mounting on the Bush administration to get back …

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Congressional Testimony of Eileen Claussen – the Byrd-Stevens Climate Change Strategy and Technology Innovation Act of 2001
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Congressional Testimony of Eileen Claussen: July 10, 2001
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Voluntary Efforts to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
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Equity & Global Climate Change: The Complex Elements of Global Fairness

Foreword Eileen Claussen, President, Pew Center on Global Climate Change What constitutes a fair response to climate change is the main question underlying many of the unresolved issues in the climate change debate. It is behind the questions of the …

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