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Mar 31, 2021

Raising US climate ambition in advance of COP26: An economic and national security imperative

By Margaret Jackson, Zachary Strauss

In advance of the annual UN Climate Summit in Glasgow this November, the United States must raise its clean energy and climate ambitions and reassert global climate leadership. If left unchecked, climate change will continue to exact a heavy economic toll on the United States and threaten US national security interests and American lives.

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy & Environment


Feb 17, 2021

Rapid response: SPP/ERCOT winter freeze energy crisis

By Global Energy Center

Atlantic Council Global Energy Center staff and nonresident senior fellows share their thoughts on the SPP/ERCOT winter freeze energy crisis and the way forward in this rapid response piece.

Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance


Nov 29, 2020

Which Trump Administration-era policies should the incoming Biden-Harris Administration continue?

By Global Energy Center

Amidst the Trump Administration’s empty talk of “energy dominance,” “freedom gas,” and “the cleanest air, the cleanest water,” the Administration developed a number of good policies that align with President-elect Biden’s climate, energy security, and foreign policy objectives. If the Senate remains in Republican hands, these areas might be some of the best opportunities President-elect Biden has to advance his climate and energy goals.

Energy & Environment United States and Canada

 Zachary Strauss is a policy analyst at Atlas Public Policy, a public policy consulting firm, where his work focuses on transportation and buildings electrification. He is also the founder of Out in Energy, the national association for LGBTQ+ energy and climate professionals. Prior to joining Atlas, Zachary served as the associate director for advanced energy at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center where his work focused primarily on renewable energy, climate action, and national security. At the Council, Zachary also managed the Veterans Advanced Energy Project, where he worked to support military veterans and spouses working in clean energy through developing professional development programming and organizing job fairs. 

Previously, Zachary interned at the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, DC where he conducted research and produced draft reports on trans-Mediterranean migration flows. He has over four years of professional and educational experience abroad, having worked and studied in France, Japan, Italy, and Spain. In 2017, he interned for the Permanent Chilean Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France, and from 2015 to 2016, taught English and International studies in Kumamoto, Japan within the public school system. He also worked at US Consulate General Barcelona and helped to stand up an English teaching camp system in Romagna, Italy. Zachary received his master’s degree in international security from Sciences Po, Paris and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in European studies from Middlebury College. He is proficient in Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Japanese.