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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: 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.


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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

(8) 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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The Climate Post: Obama Releases Report, Other Initiatives Directed at Tackling Climate Change Impacts

(2) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 11:16 AM

President Barack Obama announced a series of steps that aim to tackle the effects of climate change on the health of Americans. These 150 health-focused actions to boost climate change preparedness expand on the Climate Data Initiative launched this year.

"The sooner we act, the more we can...

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The Climate Post: United States, Europe Announce Emissions Reductions Pledges

(2) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 3:22 PM

"Ambitious and achievable" is how the White House described its formal emissions reduction pledge--a cut of 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025--to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in preparation for negotiation of a binding climate agreement in Paris in...

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The Climate Post: Supreme Court Reviews EPA's Power Plant Mercury Rule; Decision Due in June

(9) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 9:39 AM

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in a challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) consideration of cost impacts when developing the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS), which are set to go into effect next month. At issue in the case...

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The Climate Post: McCarthy Says States Must Comply With Clean Power Plan

(2) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 1:27 PM

On Tuesday, a lawyer hired by the world's largest coal mining company told the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power that proposed requirements to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants are reckless, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, in an op-ed, said...

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The Climate Post: Climate Pledges May Not Be Enough

(11) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 9:48 AM

The European Union (EU) is now the second body to submit an official climate target to the United Nations ahead of talks to reach a global climate agreement in Paris later this year. One of the world's top emitters, the EU intends to reduce its emissions

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The Climate Post: First-Ever Direct Observation of Greenhouse Gas Increase

(5) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 1:57 PM

A new study in the journal Nature offers that for the first time scientists have directly observed an increase in one major greenhouse gas at Earth's surface.

"We see, for the first time in the field, the amplification of the greenhouse effect because there's more CO2 [carbon dioxide]...

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The Climate Post: First Rules for Arctic Drilling Released

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 2:58 PM

The U.S. Department of the Interior unveiled the first draft rules for offshore oil and gas exploration in the Arctic. The rules would require energy companies to clear a number of safety hurdles before being approved for drilling.

"The Arctic has substantial oil and gas potential,...

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The Climate Post: Clean Power Plan Targets May Change

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 1:28 PM

The EPA administrator this week suggested that interim goals for existing power plants to comply with the agency's proposed Clean Power Plan could be softened before the rule is finalized this summer.

The proposal unveiled last year calls for a 30-percent reduction in carbon emissions from...

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