iOS app Android app

Tim Profeta
Tim Profeta is the founding director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. The Nicholas Institute is part of Duke University and focuses on improving environmental policy making worldwide through objective, fact-based research in the areas of climate change, the economics of limiting carbon pollution, oceans governance and coastal management, emerging environmental markets and freshwater concerns at home and abroad.

In his role at the Nicholas Institute, Profeta has continued to use his experience on Capitol Hill to engage in climate change debates. His research has focused, specifically, on market-based approaches to environmental regulations—particularly energy and climate change policy. Other projects engage his expertise in environmental law and air pollution regulation under the Clean Air Act.

Entries by Tim Profeta

The Climate Post: Tougher Rules for Pollution That Crosses State Lines

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 3:34 PM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday proposed updates to its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule in response to a recent decision by the D.C. Circuit Court. The update now affects 23 states whose nitrogen oxide emissions blow into other states, increasing their ozone levels. No longer...

Read Post

The Climate Post: Saudi Arabia Joins Climate Change Effort

(3) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 3:47 PM

Saudi Arabia--the world's biggest crude oil exporter--has become the last of the G20 countries to submit an emissions pledge in the run up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, Nov. 30-Dec. 11. The desert kingdom said it will avoid up to 130 million tons...

Read Post

The Climate Post: Countries Position Themselves for Paris Climate Talks

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 8:08 PM

In a joint statement on Monday, China and France signaled that any deal reached at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, Nov. 30-Dec. 11, should include five-year reviews of emissions reductions commitments in order to "reinforce mutual confidence and promote efficient implementation."...

Read Post

The Climate Post: Clean Power Plan Publication Triggers Wave of Challenges

(8) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 12:29 PM

The recent publication of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan in the Federal Register triggered the filing of lawsuits by dozens of states in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, along with other challenges, including a petition from a U.S. Chamber of...

Read Post

The Climate Post: Climate Change Gets Attention in Democratic Debate

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 3:27 PM

Four of the five candidates mentioned climate change a dozen times as a major campaign issue during at the Democratic presidential debates this week. Candidates at the Republican debate were largely silent on the issue.

"This debate shows that climate has become a central issue, right up...

Read Post

The Climate Post: U.N. Releases Draft of Negotiating Text for Paris Climate Talks

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 5:08 PM

On Monday the United Nations unveiled a first draft of the negotiating text for climate talks later this year in Paris. That text has been reduced from more than 80 pages to  20 and will be further revised in Bonn, Germany, Oct. 19-23, to advance a...

Read Post

The Climate Post: China Announces Cap-and-Trade Program

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 1:37 PM

On his visit to Washington last week, Chinese president Xi Jinping announced that his country, the world's biggest carbon polluter, will launch a national cap-and-trade scheme in 2017. The move would make China the world's biggest carbon market and could strengthen global efforts to put a price on...

Read Post

The Climate Post: GOP Candidate Say Government Action on Climate Change Will Hurt Economy

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 1:14 PM

Last week's Republican debate drew opinions of several candidates on climate change, namely on how government action to address the problem will hurt the economy. During the four-minute exchange, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dismissed the idea of enacting former Secretary of State George...

Read Post

The Climate Post: Cities in the World's Top Greenhouse Gas Emitters Announce Stronger Climate Pledges

(2) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 6:46 PM

Cities in China and the United States pledged to take ambitious steps to address climate change at the state and local level in the U.S.-China Climate Leaders Declaration this week.

In China, 11 cities will peak greenhouse gas emissions--some as early as 2020--to eliminate nearly 25 percent...

Read Post

The Climate Post: World on Path to Miss 2C Target

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 2:36 PM

Plans submitted by world's top polluters won't limit global warming to the 2-degree Celsius threshold recommended by the United Nations, according to the Climate Action Tracker (CAT), a tool developed by a consortium of four European research organizations.

In a report released last week at climate talks in Bonn...

Read Post

The Climate Post: Obama Talks Climate, Oil Drilling

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 5:24 PM

President Barack Obama arrived in Alaska this week, sharing blunt language about climate change after laying out initiatives aimed at tackling that issue in the Arctic.

"On this issue -- of all issues -- there is such a thing as being too late," said Obama. "And...

Read Post

The Climate Post: Recent Studies Provide Examples of Emissions Trading Successes, Failures

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 12:44 PM

The emissions trading program in the northeastern United States -- the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) -- is responsible for about half the region's emissions reductions -- an amount far greater than reductions achieved in the rest of the country.

The study in the journal Energy Economics

Read Post

The Climate Post: EPA Targets Methane Emissions From Oil and Gas Operations

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 6:36 PM

On Tuesday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took another step to make good on the Obama administration's pledge to limit U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 26-28 percent by 2025 by proposing the first methane emissions rules for the nation's oil and gas industry.

Reducing emissions of methane, which...

Read Post

The Climate Post: Challenges Ahead for Clean Power Plan, Another EPA Rule

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 3:07 PM

Less than two weeks after President Obama announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) final Clean Power Plan rule, aimed at cutting carbon emissions from existing power plants 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has encouraged states to comply with the plan through

Read Post

The Climate Post: Final Clean Power Plan More Ambitious, Flexible

(11) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 2:31 PM

On Monday, President Obama announced the release of the final Clean Power Plan (CPP), which sets mandatory limits on the amount of carbon dioxide emissions the nation's fleet of existing power plants may emit. The rule is projected to reduce emissions 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

Read Post

The Climate Post: Studies Make Predictions of How to Comply, What to Look for in Final Clean Power Plan

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 1:20 PM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is slated to release the final version of its Clean Power Plan, regulating emissions from existing power plants, any day now. Many are already predicting changes, some that could be significant.

A survey by E&E publishing revealed stakeholders expect timing to be...

Read Post

The Climate Post: 2014 Hottest Year on Record

(7) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 2:33 PM

Four independent global data sets registered 2014 as the warmest year on record, the Weather Channel reported, citing an annual review by international scientists sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. The only major region of the...

Read Post

The Climate Post: Power Plants' Emissions Fall; Progress Unevenly Distributed

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 5:01 PM

Power plant carbon dioxide emissions have decreased 12 percent from 2008 to 2013 but remain 14 percent higher than 1990 levels, according to a new report by Ceres, four large utilities, Bank of America and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100...

Read Post

The Climate Post: McCarthy Says Clean Power Plan on Track; Challenges Expected

(3) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 8:23 PM

The Supreme Court's decision to overturn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS) will have no effect on the proposed Clean Power Plan, according to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

"EPA is still committed to finalizing the Clean Power Plan," McCarthy said. "Making...

Read Post

The Climate Post: SCOTUS Overturns Mercury Rule

(2) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 11:54 AM

The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, ruled that the Clean Air Act required the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to consider the costs of its Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS) rule when determining whether it was "appropriate and necessary" to regulate mercury emissions from the power...

Read Post