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Kate Gordon

Energy & Climate Program

Vice President & Director, Energy & Climate Program


Kate Gordon

Kate Gordon is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of clean energy and economic development, most recently as Vice President for Energy and Environment at the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Washington D.C., where she still serves as a senior fellow. She has worked on a variety of economic development and social justice issues for more than 15 years and is regarded as a leader in the national “green jobs” movement. She contributes regularly to the Wall Street Journal as one of the paper's "Energy Experts," blogs for the Huffington Post, and writes a weekly update on California energy and climate news for Next Generation. She was recently named one of the Top 50 “Influencers to watch ahead of the 2014 election cycle” by Campaigns and Elections Magazine.

At CAP, Kate led an energy team focused on developing policies and communications strategies to move the U.S. to a clean energy economy.  She has focused on issues related to clean energy manufacturing, regional economic development in clean energy sectors, and American competitiveness.

Prior to joining CAP, she was the co-director of the national Apollo Alliance (now part of the Blue Green Alliance), where she still serves on the Board of Directors.  Earlier in her career, she was a senior associate at the Center on Wisconsin Strategy and an employment and consumer rights litigator at Trial Lawyers for Public Justice in Oakland. She earned a J.D. and master's degree in city planning from the University of California-Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.

Kate leads the Energy & Climate team at the Next Generation, developing policies and communications strategies to combat climate change and move the U.S. to a clean energy economy.

Posts by Kate Gordon

Energy & Climate

No Californian Left Behind Part 2

Report Are efficient vehicles affordable for low-income Californians, and are these vehicles readily available on California’s auto market? Our conclusion: robust minimum efficiency standards are key to maximizing the benefits of EFMP vehicle replacement, and more than enough affordable vehicles are available on California’s auto market to make such standards reasonable.

Energy & Climate

Congress runs up the climate tab; Americans stuck with the bill

ven with immediate and significant steps to curb climate change risks, managing the unavoidable risks and costs of a warmer world will be expensive. The high costs of responding, rebuilding, and preparing for the future will be the responsibility of already overburdened federal, state, local, and tribal governments, and – directly and indirectly – the American people. These costs may well represen

Energy & Climate

Carbon emissions are the new second-hand smoke

We’re now about as certain that climate change is real and man-made as we are that cigarettes kill. To take the analogy further, by not acting to curb climate change, we’re immersing the planet in a huge, inescapable cloud of second-hand smoke.

Energy & Climate

Distracted by fracking?

If you knew that offshore fracking was happening in California, you're one step ahead of state officials. There's tons more info our new report on the Monterey Shale.