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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: Federal Appeals Court Upholds EPA Mercury Rule

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 5:10 PM

A federal appeals court upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) requiring power plants install technology to cut emissions of mercury and other air pollutants. MATS was challenged by industry and several states that argued the EPA should have

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The Climate Post: Climate Change, EPA Rules Focus of McCabe Confirmation Hearing

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 4:55 PM

Climate change, extreme weather and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants were the focus of a confirmation hearing for Janet McCabe, President Barack Obama's nominee to head the EPA's Office of Air and Radiation.

In the hearing--at...

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The Climate Post: IPCC Report Shares Dire News, Some Adaptation Measures

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 11:38 AM

Climate change risks dramatically increase the more Earth warms, but reducing greenhouse gas emissions lowers the risk of the most unwelcome consequences, according to the latest report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

"We have assessed impacts as they are happening on...

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The Climate Post: Air Pollution Now Top Environmental Health Risk

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 8:43 AM

New analysis from the World Health Organization (WHO) links exposure to air pollution to roughly 7 million deaths annually. The report confirms that air pollution is now the world's largest environmental health risk. It estimates 4.3 million people died in 2012--mainly due to cooking inside with coal or...

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The Climate Post: Reports, Website Document Effects of and Need for Dialogue on Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 11:42 AM

Last year, carbon dioxide briefly passed the 400 parts per million milestone. Now, says Ralph Keeling of the Scripps Institution for Oceanography, we're on track to "see values dwelling over 400 in April and May. It's just a matter of time before it stays over 400...

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The Climate Post: All-Night Senate Session Focuses on Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 9:38 AM

In the last 100 years, senators have held all-night sessions 35 times on everything from the Civil Rights Act to the Iraq War. This week, climate change made the list as number 36.

The more than 14-hour session, which began Monday night, was organized by the...

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The Climate Post: Supreme Court Divided After Hearing on EPA Authority

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 9:47 AM

In a hearing Monday, the Supreme Court questioned whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is correct in its interpretation that regulating greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles triggers the requirement to also implement permitting requirements for large stationary sources. At issue is the legality...

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The Climate Post: Tougher Efficiency Standards Ordered for Large Trucks

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 8:18 AM

President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced his administration will begin developing tougher fuel standards for the nation's fleet of medium- and heavy-duty trucks. The new standards will build on a 2011 regulation that set the first-ever fuel standards for model years 2014-18. The next...

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The Climate Post: Keystone XL Assessment Report Finds No Significant Environmental Objections

(4) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 8:34 AM

The State Department issued its final environmental impact statement on the Keystone XL pipeline, which echoed findings in previous analyses that the pipeline would lead to no substantial increase in greenhouse gas emissions. It found that approximately 147-168 million metric tons of carbon dioxide...

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The Climate Post: Obama Promises Strong Action on Climate Change, Energy Independence in State of the Union Address

(1) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 8:55 AM

In his 2014 State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama took just 5 minutes of the 65-minute speech to cover energy and environment issues. He declared climate change "a fact," stating "when our children's children look us in the eye and ask if we did...

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The Climate Post: Obama Doesn't Need Congress to Move Forward on Clean Energy

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 8:14 AM

A week before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, a new report says Obama could advance key measures of his Climate Action Plan with or without the cooperation of Congress.

"When they believed a national situation warranted action, some past presidents interpreted...

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The Climate Post: Study Says United States Tops List of Global Warming Offenders

(3) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 8:34 AM

A new study by Canadian researchers finds the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, China, Russia, and developing nations Brazil and India were responsible for more than 60 percent of global temperature changes between 1906 and 2005. The U.S. alone was responsible for 22 percent of...

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The Climate Post: Carbon Markets Show Glimmers of Recovery in 2014

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 8:14 AM

A year after the launch of its cap-and-trade program, California formally linked its emissions trading scheme with Quebec's -- enabling carbon allowances and offset credits to be exchanged between participants in the two jurisdictions. The linkage, which marks the first agreement in North America that allows for the...

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The Climate Post: EIA Releases Early Predictions from Annual Energy Outlook

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 8:02 AM

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Monday released a 20-page preview of its Annual Energy Outlook 2014, which includes projections of U.S. energy supply, demand and prices through 2040.

Although the full report won't be released until spring 2014, the preview projects a spike of 800,000...

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The Climate Post: Clean Air Rules Face Scrutiny as World's Largest Emitter Develops Climate Plan

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 9:55 AM

Oral arguments were held Tuesday to determine the legality of a rule that regulates air pollution crossing state lines. Before the U.S. Supreme Court was the issue of whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exceeded its authority by designing state limits for air pollution when it developed...

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The Climate Post: Report Warns of Sudden Climate Change Impacts

(4) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 8:02 AM

Hard-to-predict sudden changes to Earth's environment are more worrisome than larger but more gradual impacts of climate change, according a panel of scientists advising the federal government. A 200-page report released Tuesday by the National Academy of Sciences repeatedly warns of potential climate "tipping points" beyond...

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The Climate Post: EPA Proposes Lower Biofuel Mandate

(2) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 8:17 AM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday announced cuts to a federal mandate dictating how much ethanol must be blended into gasoline. The mandate--under the Renewable Fuel Standard--would have been scheduled to reach 18.15 billion gallons in 2014, up from 16.55 billion gallons this year....

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The Climate Post: U.N. Climate Conference Kicks Off Amid Reminders of Deal Urgency

(1) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 9:35 AM

The 12-day United Nations Climate Change Conference, which aims to forge an agreement to cut climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions, began in Warsaw, Poland, this week. The goal set by the U.N.: limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels.

Representatives from nearly 200 countries are debating an...

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The Climate Post: Report Says Current Efforts to Slow Global Warming Not Sufficient

(37) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 8:21 AM

Days before world leaders meet in Warsaw, Poland, for the latest United Nations Climate Change Conference, a new report warns that the opportunity to limit global temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius compared with preindustrial levels is diminishing. The "Emissions Gap Report 2013," compiled yearly by...

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The Climate Post: Impacts Far Reaching as U.S. Marks Sandy Anniversary

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 10:41 AM

A year ago, Superstorm Sandy made a lasting mark on the northeast United States. Many areas continue to recover from the storm, the deadliest and most destructive of the 2012 hurricane season. The effects of Sandy's destruction linger in many areas where...

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