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Dan Lashof, Chief Operating Officer of NextGen Climate America Inc. and NRDC Senior Fellow, Washington, D.C.

Dan Lashof
I am the Chief Operating Officer of NextGen Climate America Inc. and an NRDC Senior Fellow. My main focus is solutions to global warming, in particular developing federal and state regulations to place enforceable limits on carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping pollutants. I have participated in scientific assessments of global warming through the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and have monitored international climate negotiations since their inception. I earned my bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics at Harvard and have a doctorate from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. I became an environmentalist the first time I went backpacking on the continental divide above Boulder, Colorado. I recently moved back to Berkeley with my wife Diane and our dog Diva. We have three adult sons. I enjoy bicycling, hiking, and skiing when there is enough snow.

Recent Posts

This is What Global Warming Looks Like - 2013 Edition

Posted April 20, 2014 by Dan Lashof in Solving Global Warming

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After a long drought of media coverage about climate change, an ambitious series on Showtime, “Years of Living Dangerously,” is off to a tremendous start. I urge you to watch all nine hours focusing, as the creators say, on the...continued

Coal Lobby Funded Study Shows Carbon Pollution Standards are Cost Effective

Posted March 26, 2014 by Dan Lashof in Solving Global Warming

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Try as they might, the coal lobby just can’t come up with any support for their claim that ending unlimited dumping of power plant carbon pollution into our atmosphere will spell the death of Western civilization and the end to...continued

Cleaner and Cheaper: New NRDC Analysis Shows More Options and Deeper Cuts in Carbon Pollution at Lower Cost Possible Under EPA Power Plant Standards

Posted March 20, 2014 by Dan Lashof in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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NRDC released an updated analysis of our 2012 proposal on how to cut carbon pollution from America’s power plants under the Clean Air Act at a news conference held today at the National Press Club. NRDC’s new analyses shows that...continued

Global Warming, Winter, and the President's Climate Action Plan

Posted January 22, 2014 by Dan Lashof in Solving Global Warming

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It’s snowy and cold today in the Eastern United States. Yesterday NASA and NOAA announced that 2013 was among the 10 hottest years on record globally. Last week, I testified at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing titled...continued

Even Bigger Carbon Reductions, Even Lower Costs

Posted December 9, 2013 by Dan Lashof

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About a year ago NRDC released a report describing a specific proposal for reducing carbon pollution from power plants under the Clean Air Act and providing the results of an analysis of our proposal using the Integrated Planning Model, which...continued

Unpacking the Coal Lobby's Claims about NRDC's Carbon Pollution Standards Proposal

Posted November 15, 2013 by Dan Lashof in Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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The so-called American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) will go to any lengths, including manipulation and mischaracterization, to ensure that coal-fired power plants are allowed to continue dumping unlimited carbon pollution into our air. This week, ACCCE sent a...continued

"Those who doubt the existence of global warming are ignoring the train that's coming to hit us. It's coming, and it's our fault."

Posted October 21, 2013 by Dan Lashof in Solving Global Warming

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I received the following email from Will Hadley, an eighth grader who wants to help spread the word on climate change. He believes that the slogan quoted in the title of this post is the kind of sticky message that...continued

Carbon Pollution is Creating a New World...And Not in a Good Way

Posted October 11, 2013 by Dan Lashof in Solving Global Warming

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Research published yesterday in the scientific journal Nature is receiving a lot of attention, and for good reason. It puts a specific date – 2047 – on when we will be living in a new world due to unlimited dumping...continued

Fifth Time is the Charm: The Definitive Word on Climate Science

Posted September 27, 2013 by Dan Lashof in Solving Global Warming

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The first Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report was released outside London in 1990. It concluded that carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases would cause unprecedented climate change if nothing were done to reduce emissions. Some global warming had...continued

A Perfect Climate for a Ride

Posted September 26, 2013 by Dan Lashof in Solving Global Warming

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If you ask Google how to get from New York to Washington it will tell you to get on I-95 South and drive for 225 miles. If that’s all you have seen of New Jersey you could be forgiven for...continued

FAQ: What's this New EPA Carbon Pollution Standard All About?

Posted September 20, 2013 by Dan Lashof in Solving Global Warming

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Today, Administrator Gina McCarthy is announcing EPA’s new proposal to limit carbon pollution from future power plants. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions.   Q. What's this new EPA carbon standard all about? A. We have an...continued

Measuring Methane Leaks from Natural Gas Drilling

Posted September 17, 2013 by Dan Lashof in Solving Global Warming

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There has been a lot of cross-talk over the last couple of years about how much methane leaks from the natural gas production and distribution system. Most of what has been said and written was based on analyzing and reanalyzing...continued

Chicken Littles of the Coal Industry Come Home to Roost

Posted September 13, 2013 by Dan Lashof in Solving Global Warming

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To hear the coal industry tell it, EPA’s plan to establish sensible limits on carbon pollution from future power plants—due out at the end of next week—is tantamount to a ban on the lifeblood of America. If you want a...continued

New Analysis Confirms Opportunity for Big Carbon Cuts from Power Plants at Low Cost (wonkfest, with otters)

Posted July 24, 2013 by Dan Lashof in Solving Global Warming

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A new Discussion Paper out yesterday from Dallas Burtraw and Matt Woerman at Resources For the Future (RFF) confirms the main conclusion from NRDC’s December 2012 report on curbing carbon pollution from power plant: The Clean Air Act can be...continued

Is the Season for Climate Change Denial Finally Over?

Posted July 18, 2013 by Dan Lashof in Solving Global Warming

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This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post. Three years after the National Academy of Sciences, a grouping of our country’s top scientists, declared “Climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks,” it’s hard to...continued

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