Deborah Gordon

Energy and Climate Program
Gordon is director of Carnegie’s Energy and Climate Program, where her research focuses on oil and climate change issues in North America and globally.


MPP, University of California, Berkeley
BS, University of Colorado, Boulder




Deborah Gordon is director of Carnegie’s Energy and Climate Program, where her research focuses on oil and climate change issues in North America and globally. 

Gordon has managed an active energy and environmental consulting practice, taught at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and directed the Energy Policy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She began her career with Chevron. She is the author of two books, Steering a New Course and Two Billion Cars (with Daniel Sperling), and numerous other publications.

  • Op-Ed Hill October 27, 2014
    How Low Oil Price Will Impact Climate Change

    There are four categories of crude oils that pose the biggest climate gamble. Unfortunately the market doesn’t necessarily and consistently factor in the environmental damage individual crudes cause.

  • oil in Great Plains
    Article August 12, 2014
    Underestimating Oil and Water Challenges in the Northern Great Plains

    An oil production boom in the Northern Great Plains is threatening the region’s water resources. Comprehensive management is needed to mitigate the risks.

  • Other Publications Energy Information Administration (EIA) July 7, 2014
    EIA Public Comments on “Monthly Natural Gas Production Report”

    Additional reporting specifications for state level oil data are needed in order to account for the extreme variety in U.S. and global oils.

  • Eurasia Outlook May 13, 2014
    Understanding the Risks of Sanctioning Russian Oil

    Sanctioning Russia’s oil remains on the table, but playing this card comes with serious economic risk for all.

  • Article May 6, 2014 中文
    China’s Oil Future

    China has a nearly insatiable thirst for energy. The investments and oils pursued to meet this demand will have global economic, environmental, and security implications.

  • Op-Ed Inside Sources April 28, 2014
    U.S. Crude Policy Driven by Data

    The debate on oil exports necessitates more and better data than is currently available. The United States must be a global leader in the oil sector, which requires careful consideration of new and better data.

  • Testimony House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade April 2, 2014
    Should the United States Drop Its Oil Export Ban?

    Managing the economic, security, and climate impacts of its new bounty of oils is the central energy challenge facing the United States.

  • Op-Ed Ensia March 31, 2014
    Envision 2050: The Future of Transportation

    Transport is widely expected to be the last sector to wean itself off oil. But as oils get more difficult, dangerous and damaging, the world must be compelled not to repeat the same mistakes.

  • Op-Ed National Interest March 21, 2014
    The Complexities of U.S. Oil Exports

    The burning question is whether America can manage the geoeconomic, security, and climate impacts of its new bounty of oils.

  • Article March 11, 2014
    Texas’s Oil and Water Tightrope

    New oil extraction techniques used in Texas threaten the state’s precious water resources. Real trailblazing is needed to protect groundwater.

  • Unconventional oil is redefining what oil is.
    U.S. Embassy Berlin September 12, 2012
    From Conventional to Unconventional Oil

    The shift from extracting, processing, and consuming conventional fuel sources to unconventional oils carries a host of still unknown consequences for international economics, technology development, and the environment.

  • E&E News May 15, 2012
    The Future of Unconventional Oil in the United States

    Significant policy, climate, and economic challenges face the use of unconventional oil as a new energy resource.

  • Deborah Gordon
    NPR's To the Point July 15, 2011
    Carmageddon and Global Congestion

    As the recent freeway closure in Los Angeles draws attention to America's reliance on the automobile, it should also prompt policymakers to consider the long-term challenge of global automobile proliferation.


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