Sasan Saadat

Senior Research and Policy Analyst California Office


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Sasan Saadat is a senior research and policy analyst based out of the California Regional office in San Francisco.

Sasan works with the Right to Zero campaign to transform California toward zero-combustion energy and transportation. Sasan graduated from UC Berkeley cum laude with a BA in Philosophy and a BS in Environmental Studies. Previously, he was a Research Fellow at MSI Integrity, a non-profit tracking the human rights and environmental impacts of global sustainability standards. He’s also worked on sustainability policy for the City of Foster City, and on energy efficiency programs for low-income residents with the California Public Utilities Commission. He is passionate about community organizing, and spent a summer in Chiang Mai with EarthRights International, learning from Mekong communities that are resisting coal and hydropower projects.

Sasan’s interests are always changing, but a few permanent ones include camping, creating playlists, and spicy vegetarian food.

The Latest from Sasan Saadat

March 14, 2024

In the News: Canary Media

Is CARB staff blocking reform at California’s clean transport program?

“It feels like the shots are being called behind the scenes. What we heard from the board was pretty unambiguously, ​‘We’d like to see this tightened up.’”

Article by Jeff St. John

December 30, 2023

In the News: Inside Climate News

Is California Overstating the Climate Benefit of Dairy Manure Methane Digesters?

“California loves to brag ‘this program, for every eight dollars we spend on it, gets us this many tons of CO2 reductions.’ What’s missing from that is the fact that these programs are triple counting those reductions.”

Article by Phil McKenna

May 18, 2023

In the News: Clean Technica

Vermont Legislature Pushes For End To Polluting Heating Equipment

“What’s missing from that message is an honest assessment of how scant the supply of sustainable RNG is and how risky the potential is that RNG could actually increase climate impacts.”
Alejandra Ruedas, right, holds a sign at a rally before a California Air Resources Board public hearing to consider proposed Advanced Clean Fleets Regulation on Oct. 27, 2022, in Sacramento, Calif.
April 14, 2023

In The Race to End Diesel Truck Pollution, California Widens Its Stride

California is not just staying in the running, but picking up the pace for zero emissions.
March 29, 2023

In the News: San Luis Obispo Tribune

California garbage trucks may avoid going electric until 2042 under new climate rules

“We’re basically carving out exemptions because of political protest from people who made bad investments. You’ll end up in this absurd situation where vehicles ready to go electric at a fast pace will be put on the slowest timetable in communities most overdue for relief.”
March 3, 2023

Glass Onion Nails It: Policymakers Need to Check Receipts on the Hydrogen Hype

Netflix’s juicy mystery veers close to reality when it comes to the pitfalls of hydrogen — which is no silver bullet for our climate crisis.
July 14, 2022

In the News: Fresno Bee

Three resign in protest from San Joaquin Valley Air District group, calling it a ‘sham’

“Residents have every reason to feel very concerned that the Air District — whose job is to protect public health — is more focused on ensuring that industry can continue and helping them navigate environmental regulations sometimes in ways that are extremely specious.”
July 12, 2022

In the News: Capital and Main

California Air Regulators Try to Salvage Faulty System That Permitted ‘Extreme’ Pollution

“We need to confront this reality that economic growth that depends on increased pollution can no longer be the thing we reach for.”
June 28, 2022

In the News: Grist

With ‘real zero,’ NextEra pushes back against deceptive carbon offsets

“It should bring a lot of skepticism from climate activists and decision-makers.”
January 9, 2022

In the News: MSN

Tory donor’s taxpayer-backed scheme to develop hydrogen fuel cell buses branded 'bonkers'

“In the future, green hydrogen may help us carry renewable energy into the toughest corners of the energy system, but it is no substitute for rapidly electrifying the bulk of our economy today.”
September 20, 2021

In the News: CivilEats

Are Biogas Subsidies Benefiting the Largest Industrial Animal Farms?

[These methane emissions] are not an ordinary occurrence. They’re a consequence of profit-maximizing decisions like confinement, concentration, and liquid-based lagoons.”
August 10, 2021

In the News: Los Angeles Times

Is California's 'Hydrogen Highway' a road to nowhere?

“It is not renewable. What they are doing does not make sense.”
August 5, 2021

In the News: Inside Climate News

Three Charts that Show the Energy Transition in 50 States

“You all have this opportunity on your lap to set a new precedent for the end of fossil fuels in our built environment.”
July 7, 2021

In the News: Civic

An environmental policy analyst makes the case for electrifying buildings

On pollution created by gas use and shortcomings of fossil gas alternatives
February 15, 2021

In the News: NPR

Northwest Natural Gas Company's Plan For A Carbon Neutral Gas System

"You don't even have enough of this gas to make more than a dent in the overall gas demand."
July 26, 2019

SoCalGas’ Reckless Strategy to Keep California Tied to Combustion

Through a network of front-groups, lobbyists, and PR firms, SoCalGas is funding and coordinating a misinformation campaign to greenwash gas and stoke local opposition to building electrification.