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Former White House Expert on Energy and Environment Returns to RFF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 1, 2011
CONTACT: Shannon Wulf, 202-328-5019, wulf@rff.org

WASHINGTON – Joseph Aldy, former White House advisor on energy and environment, has returned to Resources for the Future as a Nonresident Fellow.

Aldy, a RFF Fellow from 2005 to 2009, left RFF to serve as the Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Environment, reporting through both the National Economic Council and the Office of Energy and Climate Change. In this role, he coordinated policy development, evaluation, and implementation on the Recovery Act’s clean energy package, domestic energy and climate legislation, international climate negotiations, bilateral clean energy agreements, and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, among other issues. Aldy is also currently an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

“Joseph Aldy is a recognized expert in in climate and energy policy research, and we look forward to his return to RFF,” said Mark Cohen, RFF’s Vice President for Research. “His experience in the public sector brings a unique perspective to the role that environmental economics can play in policy discussions.”

The majority of Aldy’s research focuses on climate change policy, energy policy and mortality risk valuation. He has written and coauthored numerous journal articles, book chapters and other publications. He served on the staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1997 to 2000. He also served as the Co-Director of the Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements, Co-Director of the International Energy Workshop, and Treasurer for the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists before joining the Obama Administration.

Aldy has received numerous awards and fellowships for his work in environmental economics, including the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation Fellowship. His work has also received grants from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, the Electric Power Research Institute and the USDA Economic Research Service.

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