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.

  • Paper September 17, 2012
    Policy Priorities for Advancing the U.S. Electric Vehicle Market

    There has arguably never been a more pressing time for advancing the electric vehicle market. New policies are needed to motivate manufacturers, consumers, and states.

  • Op-Ed Hill July 17, 2012
    Guessing at the Gas Pump

    It may seem counterintuitive, but a carbon fee on oil placed far up on the supply chain could stabilize gas prices and benefit American consumers.

  • Q&A June 14, 2012
    Unconventional Oils

    As supplies of conventional crude oil plateau, new breeds of petroleum resources are increasingly being tapped to fuel global demand.

  • Op-Ed AGI Energia June 5, 2012
    The Challenges of Unconventional Oil

    Unconventional oil development faces a range of economic, technical, environmental and political challenges.

  • Op-Ed Hill June 5, 2012
    Insecurity in Unconventional Oil

    Cautious, deliberate guidelines based on up-to-date data and information are needed to manage the increasingly diverse assortment of unconventional oils.

  • Article May 11, 2012
    Mapping a U.S.-China Coal Partnership

    Given the size of China's and the United States' coal resources, their decisions to tap and utilize that coal will play a significant role in determining the future of the global climate.

  • Paper May 3, 2012
    Understanding Unconventional Oil

    With a shift from the production of conventional oil to unconventional oil, the world is at a key moment to determine the future energy balance between oil and low-carbon alternative fuels.

  • Op-Ed Hill May 2, 2012
    Balancing on a Tight Resource Rope

    America’s oil-and-gas revival risks inviting wastefulness that could threaten its competitiveness in the growing global economy.

  • Op-Ed U.S. News March 22, 2012
    No Magic Bullet for the Price of Gas

    Given oil's dangerous monopoly power over American mobility, it is time to reinvent U.S. habits, innovate technologically, and adopt bold new policies aimed at reducing the use of oil.

  • Op-Ed Politico March 1, 2012
    Beyond Keystone Pipeline: The Real Climate Debate

    The real issue behind the Keystone XL pipeline debate is how to manage the climate effects of the shift from conventional oils to unconventional oils.

  • 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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