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Kate Gordon is a Vice-President and the Director of the Energy & Climate Program at Next Generation, where she writes a weekly blog on California's climate law, the AB32 Digest. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

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. 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. 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.

Entries by Kate Gordon

"Ask a Stupid Question... "

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 2:56 PM

It's been a week of disheartening statistics on climate change. While 28 percent of the U.S. Senate took to the floor Monday night to highlight the danger of ignoring the facts on climate change (that's 28 senators, for those who skipped government class during high school), just 24...

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True Freedom Means Ending the Oil Monopoly

(6) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 5:48 PM

I'm obsessed this week with the issue of distribution. Distributed energy is not a new concept in the electricity sector: small-scale solar systems on rooftops and in parking lots are becoming such a part of the landscape that the utility sector is in a panic, trying to roll...

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Climate Change: It's Cosmic Rays on Steroids... or Something

(3) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 6:20 PM

I'm just back from a quick trip to Chicago, which was beautiful and sunny (and reminded me that, California citizen or not, I'm still a Midwesterner at heart). Contrast that with the crazy heat wave that has hammered the East Coast.

Many have asked, Is this heat...

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Standing up for the Least Among Us: We Can't Deny Rights to the Disadvantaged

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 3:14 PM

What a roller coaster of a week it's been!

On the up side, a really inspiring speech on climate change, and today's Supreme Court decisions to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and allow same-sex marriage in California.

On the down side, some pernicious rulings...

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Mr. President: We Can Drill, or We Can Fight Climate Change. But We Can't Do Both.

(7) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 11:48 AM

I watched the State of the Union speech Tuesday night with my mom at her house in northeast Vermont, which I finally reached after two cancelled, and two extremely delayed, flights -- all disrupted due to yet another history-making storm.

So I've been thinking a lot about climate change...

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Built to Last: Proposition 39 and California's Schools

(1) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 3:41 PM

Lately the news has been full of articles urging the United States to invest in our future by bringing our aging infrastructure up to modern standards. As it washed away hundred-year-old concrete and brought down old power lines, Hurricane Sandy underscored the fact that our nation's very foundation is crumbling,...

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This November Our Energy Future Hangs in the Balance

(4) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 11:24 AM

Cross posted from the Emerson Collective »

"I like coal."

Governor Romney's love note to the coal industry during the first presidential debate in Denver gave rise to a tidal wave of Tweets and blog posts. It's been widely panned by environmental groups and lauded...

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Climate Law Is Good Business for California

(28) Comments | Posted October 13, 2012 | 3:55 PM

It may be hard for many Californians -- hell, it's hard for many in my office -- to follow the ins and outs of AB32, the state's landmark Global Warming Solutions act, which requires a reduction of our carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. But here's one...

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Educating the Next Generation to Compete in the Clean Energy Economy

(3) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 4:38 PM

I've spent many years making the case that transitioning to a greener, more advanced energy economy will create jobs, spur economic growth and put America on a path toward global technological leadership.

But lately, I've been thinking that I've placed too much emphasis on the stuff side of this...

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Cap and Trade: California's Best Secret

(18) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 11:30 AM

A new statewide poll in California has mixed results for those of us dedicated to fighting climate change. While the good news is actually great news, the bad news is a call to action.

Let me start on the upbeat side, which recognizes the magnitude of the issue.

The Public...

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What D.C. Can Teach California -- and Vice Versa -- About Putting Together a Climate Bill

(3) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 4:56 PM

It's been a hard couple of weeks for those who deny the existence of climate change. As storms rage on the East Coast, cutting out power to hundreds of thousands of consumers, and as wildfires threaten huge swaths of the Western states, new evidence has emerged...

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America's Split Personality on Energy

(5) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 4:26 PM

The past two weeks have brought home this country's split personality when it comes to our energy policy. Maybe it's because I just moved from Washington, D.C. to California that I'm unusually focused on the entrenched differences between national and state policy, but it sure seems like America...

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Private Sector Leads on Clean Energy

(7) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 3:59 PM

This post was co-authored by Anthony J. Orlando and Kate Gordon

Lately, when we hear bad news about the environment -- like the recent EPA study showing America actually increased our greenhouse gas emissions in 2010 after two decades of decline -- the reaction in Washington seems to be to...

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