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Deborah Gordon

Senior Fellow
  • Climate Intelligence

Deborah Gordon is a senior fellow in the Climate Intelligence Program at Rocky Mountain Institute where she is leading RMI’s Oil and Gas Solutions Initiative. Gordon also serves as a senior fellow at the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University and the principal investigator for the Oil Climate Project. Her research has spearheaded the development of the Oil Climate Index Plus Gas (OCI+), a first-of-its-kind analytic tool that compares the lifecycle climate impacts of global oil and gas resources.


Gordon is the former director of the Energy and Climate Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Trained as a chemical engineer and policy analyst, Gordon works on global oil and gas issues relating to climate change. After beginning her career with Chevron, Gordon managed an energy and environmental consulting practice, taught at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and directed the Energy Policy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Gordon is currently a stakeholder in NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System program, and she has testified before Congress and served on National Academy of Sciences panels. She has co-authored articles in numerous academic journals, is published and quoted in media outlets, and is currently writing her third book, featuring her research on oil, gas, and climate change.


MPP, Public Policy, UC Berkeley

BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honorary Society


Providence, Rhode Island

Authored Works

For Emissions Monitoring, Satellites Shouldn’t Fly Solo

Monitoring greenhouse gas emissions from space is taking off. While it used to take a decade or more to design, build, and launch a new satellite, it now takes half that time. A proliferation of public- and private-led satellite efforts are becoming operational to measure methane, carbon dioxide, and other…