Eric Haxthausen

Eric HaxthausenEric Haxthausen is director of U.S. Climate Change Policy at The Nature Conservancy. He leads the Conservancy's U.S.–based policy work and advocacy on climate change including the roles that forest carbon and ecosystem-based adaptation can play in climate solutions. He has been with the Conservancy since 2006.

Eric has over a decade of experience in climate, energy and environmental policy and is trained as an economist. He previously led Environmental Defense's efforts to improve federal fuel economy standards for light trucks, where his work led to inclusion of climate change in agency benefit-cost analysis. Earlier, he served in the White House Office of Management and Budget, where he coordinated administration review of air quality and other major environmental regulations relating to the transportation, electricity, refining and manufacturing sectors. Eric has also worked as an economic consultant on climate change and other environmental topics.

Eric holds an M.S. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He began his career in the physical sciences, earning a bachelors degree in astrophysics from Columbia University, and studying atmospheric science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Eric's Posts

Despite Setback, the Senate Should Press Forward to Pass Climate Bill this Year

July 26th, 2010

The situation looks grim, but the Conservancy's director of U.S. climate change policy Eric Haxthausen gives us 3 reasons why the Senate should still take action. More

USCAP: More Relevant Than Ever

March 2nd, 2010

The United States needs solutions to climate change and energy issues -- and the U.S. Climate Action Partnership is more relevant than ever to that task, says the Conservancy's Eric Haxthausen. More

A Signal for Congress to Get Moving on Climate Change

December 11th, 2009

Yesterday saw an important step in the U.S. Senate toward meaningful U.S. climate legislation – and one in Oslo to endorse the role of forests in fighting climate change. Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) held a press conference to discuss the legislative framework for climate change that they have […] More

Obama’s Timing in Copenhagen…and the U.S. Commitment to a Climate Deal

December 6th, 2009

The White House made an interesting and important announcement last Friday that increases the odds of a successful outcome at the UN climate summit that convenes this Monday in Copenhagen. For the past year, the negotiators of the other countries that will be assembling in Copenhagen have been waiting for the United States to provide […] More

Climate Change Legislation: Adaptation Sees Movement in the Senate

October 29th, 2009

Momentum is building on Capitol Hill for addressing a crucial piece of the climate change puzzle — ecosystem-based adaptation. Why is helping nature adapt to climate change important? Because natural systems serve as the backbone of public health and the nation’s economy — everything from providing clean water and air and protecting communities from catastrophic […] More

Climate Change Legislation: It’s Time to Act

September 30th, 2009

I went to Capitol Hill this morning to watch Senators Barbara Boxer and John Kerry unveil their climate bill. It was an exciting moment.  Three months ago, the House of Representatives passed climate change legislation, surprising many people who thought it could not be done so quickly – less than three months from discussion draft […] More

In Brazil, The Meat Industry Searches for a Solution to Deforestation

September 3rd, 2009

I am presently lodged in a small frontier town of ~30,000 called São Felix de Xingu, in the Northeastern state of Pará, Brazil. The roads are mostly dirt, but it is very lively on a Friday night, with motorbikes driving everywhere and crowds of people at the local boîtes. We had dinner (delicious fish pulled […] More

Deconstructing Climate Change Legislation

May 17th, 2009

I’m Eric Haxthausen, Director of The Nature Conservancy’s U.S. Climate Policy program, and I’ll be blogging over the coming weeks and months about U.S. climate legislation.
 On Friday, Congressmen Henry Waxman and Ed Markey, the chairmen of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced comprehensive legislation that would address global warming and energy security. […] More

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