We’re helping fossil fuel–dependent communities across America develop strategies to support their local economies.

The United States is the world’s largest producer of oil and gas and the fourth-largest producer of coal. Last year, at COP28 in Dubai, countries agreed that the world should transition away from fossil fuels in the energy sector. Yet there is little understanding of how communities that rely on fossil fuels as engines of economic growth can build economic diversification and resilience against an uncertain future.  

The goal of the Resilient Energy Economies (REE) initiative is to provide US economic policymakers with the information and new thinking they need to help US communities along the fossil fuel value chain build that economic resilience. At the same time, it will elevate this topic in the scholarly community by increasing the quantity and quality of analysis and, in doing so, build a community of scholars and a research agenda that will last for years to come. It will also create strong partnerships between this community of scholars and the policymakers designing and implementing strategies for these economic transitions.  

About the Founders:

About the Bezos Earth Fund
The Bezos Earth Fund is helping transform the fight against climate change with the largest ever philanthropic commitment to climate and nature protection. Jeff Bezos has committed $10 billion in this decisive decade to protect nature and address climate change. By providing funding and expertise, we partner with organizations to accelerate innovation, break down barriers to success and create a more equitable and sustainable world. Join us in our mission to create a world where people prosper in harmony with nature.

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About Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy
The Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs develops evidence-based research to help address the world’s most challenging energy and climate problems through research, education, and dialogue. They accomplish this by producing best-in- class research, providing a global platform to communicate, and training tomorrow’s leaders and communicators.

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About Resources for the Future
Resources for the Future (RFF) is an independent, nonprofit research institution in Washington, DC. Its mission is to improve environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions through impartial economic research and policy engagement. RFF is committed to being the most widely trusted source of research insights and policy solutions leading to a healthy environment and a thriving economy.

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About the Steering Committee:

The REE Steering Committee includes expert scholars from universities around the country, with an emphasis on states and regions with substantial fossil fuel production.

  • Leon Clarke, The Bezos Earth Fund
  • Andrew Curley (Diné), University of Arizona
  • Mark Curtis, Wake Forest University
  • Ann Eisenberg, West Virginia University
  • Emily Grubert, University of Notre Dame
  • Julia Haggerty, Montana State University and Resources for the Future
  • Alex James, University of Wyoming
  • Nathan Jensen, University of Texas-Austin
  • Noah Kaufman, Columbia University
  • Eleanor Krause, University of Kentucky
  • Daniel Raimi, Resources for the Future
  • Dustin Tingley, Harvard University
  • Jeremy Weber, University of Pittsburgh

About the Advisory Board:

Advisory Board members provide high-level guidance on the strategic direction of the REE initiative. They represent a diverse group of stakeholders with unique expertise on how US fossil fuel–dependent communities are charting their economic futures.

  • Rusty Bell, Office of Economic Transformation, Gillette College, Wyoming
  • Anaïs Borja, Office of Senator Martin Heinrich
  • Heather Boushey, White House Council of Economic Advisors
  • Kate Gordon, California Forward (former Senior Advisor, US Department of Energy)
  • David Foster, Energy Futures Initiatives (formerly US Department of Energy, BlueGreen Alliance, and US Steel Workers)
  • Evan Hansen, West Virginia House of Delegates
  • Kayla Lucero-Matteucci, New Mexico Economic Development Department
  • Carlos Martín, Harvard University and Resources for the Future
  • Wade Buchanan, Colorado Office of Just Transition
  • Additional members to be announced.