Deborah Gordon

Senior Associate
Energy and Climate Program
Gordon is a senior associate in 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 a senior associate in 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.

  • 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.

  • Article January 15, 2014
    Mapping California’s Oil-Water Risks

    California’s Monterey shale is found in drought-prone agricultural and urban locations with limited water resources, necessitating careful water management and protective measures.

  • Op-Ed Hill December 19, 2013
    Transatlantic Trade Negotiations And Oil

    The EU must be prudent when dealing with the diverse array of global oils and petroleum products that will soon come knocking. Any attempt to regulate should be scientifically rigorous, non-discriminatory, and avoid unnecessary barriers to trade.

  • Op-Ed International Economy Magazine December 13, 2013
    U.S. Energy Independence Is Unlikely

    While the energy boom in the United States is increasing domestic access to oil and gas and growing exports of petroleum products, it is unlikely that this will translate into U.S. energy independence.

  • Other Publications Université Total - Energy Days December 6, 2013
    Which Energies for Which Transition? China, United States, Germany, and U.K.

    A new energy transition faces the United States as it shifts from oil scarcity to potential abundance.

  • Fossil Fuels—A New Normal
    Op-Ed Scientific American July 15, 2013
    Fossil Fuels—A New Normal

    Filling information gaps, developing robust energy policies, and ultimately pricing carbon will be critical to managing the unconventional oil and gas boom.

  • As urban populations rise, so do energy demands.
    Op-Ed CNBC July 8, 2013
    Brazilian City Protests and the Next Global Oil Crisis

    With the U.N. forecasting that 70 percent of the world's population will reside in urban areas by 2050, smart cities and strategic oil decisions are critical to ensuring a path to a politically stable and secure energy and climate future.

  • 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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