Dan Lashof

Chief Operating Officer

I have been working to promote solutions to climate change for more than two decades. My focus is 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. Before joining NextGen Climate America I was the director of the Climate and Clean Air Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. 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.

Fun Fact: I became an environmentalist the first time I went backpacking on the continental divide above Boulder, Colorado.

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January 18, 2017 Categories: Climate Change

Thanks Obama!

by Dan Lashof

President Obama leaves office this week having compiled an outstanding, and largely under-appreciated environmental record. In the last month, he has run the table with actions, determinations, and…

December 07, 2016 Categories: Clean Energy Climate Change

Investing in a Clean Energy Economy is a Winning Proposition for U.S. Businesses

by Dan Lashof

The United States can build a clean energy economy using existing technologies according to the Risky Business Project’s new report – From Risk to…

October 04, 2016 Categories: California Clean Energy

A Climate-Smart Infrastructure Upgrade for America

by Dan Lashof

Against all odds, the hot topic in Washington, DC this Fall is…infrastructure. That’s because there is a growing consensus that, as a…

July 19, 2016 Categories: Climate Change Fossil Fuels

Enough Already: No New Leases for Unburnable Carbon on Public Lands [UPDATED]

by Dan Lashof

The Department of the Interior is required to manage public lands, including the coal, oil, and gas they contain, “to benefit Americans now and…

April 01, 2016 Categories: Clean Energy

The Energy Storage Device American Homes Already Have

by Dan Lashof

After decades of being considered “alternative” energy fit for hippie communes and maybe a few crazy utilities in California, wind and solar power are now booming, mainstream businesses…

March 01, 2016 Categories: Uncategorized

Better Together: How Renewable Energy Tax Incentives and the Clean Power Plan Combine to Transform America’s Electricity System

by Dan Lashof

New analyses released last week from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Rhodium Group (RhG) predict a robust future for renewable electricity. The analyses show that…

February 08, 2016 Categories: Clean Energy

The $12.1 Trillion Dollar Question

by Dan Lashof

Back in 2010, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) boldly projected that the $90 billion invested in renewable energy in the prior year would grow to a whopping $150 billion…

December 22, 2015 Categories: Clean Energy Climate Change

Have We Turned the Corner on Climate Change?

by Dan Lashof

Formal negotiations leading to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) began in February 1991 at the Westfields Conference Center in a Northern Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C.

December 12, 2015 Categories: Climate Change

The Four Pillars of Progress in Paris

by Dan Lashof

The Paris talks went into overtime to nail down the final details of the Paris Agreement and recent coverage naturally focused on late night wrangling over the text. As commentators and…

November 09, 2015 Categories: Clean Energy

Our Clean Energy Economy

by Dan Lashof

Climate change is our nation’s greatest challenge—left unaddressed, it will have devastating impacts on our economy, our environment, and our communities and families. The good news is that addressing this challenge…