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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.

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

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 11:44 AM

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

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

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 5:36 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...

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

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 2:07 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

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

(11) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 1:31 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.

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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 | 12:20 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...

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The Climate Post: 2014 Hottest Year on Record

(7) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 1:33 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...

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

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 4:01 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...

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

(3) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 7:23 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...

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The Climate Post: SCOTUS Overturns Mercury Rule

(2) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 10:54 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...

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The Climate Post: Inaction on Climate Change Has Dismal Consequences

(3) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 11:15 AM

The White House and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new peer-reviewed report saying inaction on climate change is a dire threat to human health and the economy. It specifically estimates the physical monetary paybacks across 20 sectors of the United States by year 2100...

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The Climate Post: Pope Calls for Sweeping Changes to Address Climate Change

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 3:50 PM

Pope Francis's highly anticipated encyclical on the environment, which may play a key role in the United Nations climate change conference in Paris later this year, was released today. Among its key focuses: climate change is real, it is getting worse and humans are a major cause.

"Each...

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Federal Court Finds Challenges to Clean Power Plan Premature

(2) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 12:37 PM

Legal challenges to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan, which would limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants under the Clean Air Act, came too early, according to a panel of federal judges.

"Petitioners are champing at the bit to challenge EPA's anticipated...

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The Climate Post: Bonn Climate Talks Look to Shape More Complete Text Ahead of Paris

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 2:01 PM

The next round of international climate negotiations began Monday in Bonn, Germany, and runs through June 11. The main task for the delegates from nearly 200 countries: pare down draft text for a final global climate deal to be negotiated at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris...

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The Climate Post: New Analyses on Clean Power Plan Examine State Compliance Options

(10) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 5:05 PM

Additional tools have been added to the resources intended to help states and regulators navigate compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan, for which the rule is projected to be finalized in August. As proposed last summer, the plan regulates carbon...

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The Climate Post: States, Nations Announce Commitments Ahead of UN Climate Conference

(33) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 2:21 PM

Roughly six months before international leaders meet in Paris for a United Nations climate change conference, U.S. states and foreign nations are stepping forward with climate commitments. Canada, on Friday, pledged to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

California is joining...

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The Climate Post: Organizations Develop Tools to Help States Comply With EPA's Clean Power Plan

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 4:22 PM

The same week Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W. Va.) introduced a new bill pushing back on implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan, organizations released tools to help states and regulators navigate compliance with the resulting rule, set to be finalized this summer.

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The Climate Post: States Challenge Clean Power Plan, Report Finds Health Benefits

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 2:40 PM

Attorneys for two-energy producing states spoke on the legal implications of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan--which aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030--at a Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee this week. West Virginia Attorney General...

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The Climate Post: California Governor Calls for Aggressive Emissions Cuts

(8) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 12:54 PM

California will establish a greenhouse gas reduction target of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, the state's Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday. The declaration was made just before a speech on the new executive order at the Navigating the American Carbon World Conference in Los Angeles, where...

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The Climate Post: Emissions, Economic Growth Parting Ways

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 12:35 PM

A U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) analysis released Monday reveals that the country's energy-related carbon emissions grew last year, but more slowly than the economy as a whole, representing a decoupling of emissions and economic growth that is projected to continue through 2015. Bloomberg reports that the...

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The Climate Post: Court Hears Arguments Surrounding EPA Power Plant Rule

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 3:46 PM

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard arguments Thursday in a set of cases (Murray Energy v. EPA and West Virginia v. EPA) challenging the U.S Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) authority to limit greenhouse gases from existing power plants under section 111(d) of the...

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