Jonathan G. Dorn

Associate at Abt Associates Inc

4800 Montgomery Lane Suite 600, Bethesda, Maryland, United States
Abt Associates Inc
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Last Updated 12/5/2016

General Information

Employment History

Contributor  - Mother Earth News

Senior Environmental Scientist  - Eastern Research Group , Inc.


B.S.  - Applied Biology , The Georgia Institute of Technology

Ph.D.  - Environmental Science , University of Arizona


Staff Researcher  - Earth Policy Institute

Board Member  - Dear

ORISE Fellow In the Branch  - HIV

Field Researcher  - Estacion Biologica La Suerta

Environmental Fellow  - U.S. House of Representatives

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The Clean Power Plan, recently released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is aimed at reducing the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution from existing power plants in the U.S. by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, according to Dr. Jonathan Dorn, a scientist at Abt Associates who supported EPA in developing the rule.
"Power plants are currently responsible for one-third of the carbon dioxide pollution that the U.S. pumps into the atmosphere," Dorn said, adding that "carbon dioxide is the main driver of human-induced climate change" and that reducing carbon dioxide pollution is an essential step toward mitigating climate change. Abt Associates in partnership with Radium Consulting Group developed EPA's Emissions & Generation Resource Integrated Database (eGRID), which provides users with a comprehensive source of data on the environmental characteristics of virtually all electric power generated in the United States. Abt, along with Radium, used the eGRID data aggregation methodology to help EPA develop the state-level CO2 emission rate baselines for the new rule, which established the first-ever CO2 emissions standards for existing power plants in the United States. Explaining that the standards are based on improvements in efficiency of coal-fired power plants, using more renewables and improving the end-use efficiency of such things as appliances, buildings and lighting, Dorn said the Clean Power Plan "will stimulate a decline in coal-fired electricity generation and an increase in renewable energy sources.

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Jonathan Dorn, a researcher at Abt Associates who worked on emissions data for the EPA, was quoted in a news story about new EPA emissions regulations.
Dorn said the impact of the regulations as they exist would be greater on states that rely more heavily on coal for energy, such as Kentucky. 6/2/14 - 4 Key Takeaways from EPA's New Rules for Power Plants National Geographic Daily News A news story about new EPA emissions regulations quoted Jonathan Dorn, an associate at Abt who worked on emissions data for the EPA. Dorn said that using 2005 data instead of 2012 as a baseline for measuring emissions reductions - as the regulations do - will make the goals easier to reach, but that the regulations still will make coal more expensive.

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About the Earth Policy Institute: What we do and who we are

JONATHAN G. DORN,Research Associate, holds a B.S. in Applied Biology, summa cum laude, from The Georgia Institute of Technology, a M.P.P. in Environmental Policy from University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from University of Arizona.
He has served as an ORISE Fellow in the HIV Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an Environmental Fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives, and a field researcher at Estacion Biologica La Suerta in Costa Rica where he studied Lepidoptera species diversity. Jonathan has written and published articles on HIV variability and detection, bioremediation of hydrocarbons, GMOs and the WTO, and international environmental agreements, such as NAAEC. Jonathan's current interests include climate change, water scarcity, and ecological economics. As a staff researcher at EPI, Jonathan contributes to on-going research projects and writes Plan B Updates. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys home restoration projects, gardening, nature walks, entertaining his cats, and being a dad. Jonathan Dorn Jonathan Dorn

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