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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: The Cost of Fixing Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 4:37 PM

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions could boost the economy rather than slow it, according to a new study by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report finds that roughly $90 trillion will be spent in the next 15 years...

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The Climate Post: U.N. Report Says Carbon Dioxide Levels at Record Highs

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 3:32 PM

The concentration and the rate of carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere are spiking, according to new analysis from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Scientists believe the record levels are not only the result of emissions but also of plants and oceans' inability to absorb...

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The Climate Post: EPA Considering Lower Ozone Standard, Methane Strategy

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 11:35 AM

In its Policy Assessment for the Review of the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards report--released Friday--the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests revising the health-based national ambient air quality standard for ozone.

"Staff concludes that it is appropriate in this review to consider a revised primary [ozone]...

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The Climate Post: Court Ruling Could Affect Nation's Electric Grid

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 12:46 PM

Editor's Note: While Tim Profeta is on vacation, Jeremy Tarr, policy associate in the Climate and Energy Program at Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will author The Climate Post. Tim will post again August 28.

A unanimous ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals...

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The Climate Post: Report, Initiatives Aim to Take Action on Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 10:12 AM

Editor's Note: While Tim Profeta is on vacation, Jeremy Tarr, policy associate in the Climate and Energy Program at Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will author The Climate Post. Tim will post again August 28.

A new report from the White House...

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The Climate Post: Rule for Regulating Existing Power Plants under Fire

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 5:57 PM

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee during a hearing on "EPA's Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants." Debate about the proposed rule to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants has swirled since the rule's...

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The Climate Post: White House Announces New Climate Change Initiatives

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 3:34 PM

The White House on Wednesday announced executive actions to help states and communities build their resilience to more intense storms, high heat, sea level rise, and other effects of climate change. The actions, which involve several federal agencies, were among the recommendations by the president's State,...

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The Climate Post: China and U.S. Sign Pacts on Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 2:45 PM

The world's two largest carbon emitters have signed pacts to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The deals--actually eight projects demonstrating smart grids and carbon capture, utilization and storage--were made through the China-U.S. Climate Change Working Group and will involve companies and research bodies.

"The significance...

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The Climate Post: Supreme Court Says EPA Can Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions

(2) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 3:13 PM

In the latest decision on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) authority to regulate carbon pollution, the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, but voted 5-4 to limit permitting requirements. The ruling does not...

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The Climate Post: Senate Clears Way for Keystone XL Pipeline

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 4:43 PM

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 12 to 10 on a bill Wednesday approving the long-debated Keystone XL oil pipeline. The pipeline, which would transport oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, requires presidential approval as it crosses international boundaries. Without a...

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The Climate Post: States, Studies React to EPA Rule Release

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 3:57 PM

On the coattails of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule for regulating carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, the White House issued a report on the health effects of climate change. The seven-page report outlines six major risks linked to...

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The Climate Post: EPA Releases Proposed Rule for Existing Power Plants

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 4:23 PM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week announced a proposed rule to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. This first-of-its-kind proposal uses an infrequently exercised provision of the Clean Air Act to set state-specific...

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The Climate Post: Upcoming EPA Power Plant Rule Stirs Speculation

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 12:18 PM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is just days away from the release of its first-ever proposed rule regulating greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. The rule will push states to cut pollution primarily from coal-fired generators. As many await details of the rule, The...

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The Climate Post: EPA Power Plant Rule Deadline Approaching

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 11:32 AM

Next month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will issue a proposed rule that sets the first-ever carbon emissions standards for the country's existing power plants. The rule, to be announced by President Barack Obama, is rumored to include a phased approach leading to steeper emissions...

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The Climate Post: Court Upholds Soot Standards

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 8:51 AM

A federal court of appeals on Friday unanimously found that the Clean Air Act gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) substantial discretion in setting air quality standards. The ruling upheld the EPA's tightened limits on soot, or fine particulate matter from coal plants,...

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The Climate Post: Federal Climate Assessment Report Pegs Climate Change as Culprit for Rising Temperatures, Seas

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 12:39 PM

A new federal scientific report, out Tuesday, concluded that global warming is affecting the United States in profound ways and that human activity, namely the burning of fossil fuels, is the primary cause of warming over the past 50 years.

Mandated by Congress and written by...

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The Climate Post: Cross State Air Pollution Rule Reinstated by Supreme Court

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 9:08 AM

The Supreme Court, in a 6-2 ruling, upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's rule to regulate pollution from coal-fired power plants that drifts across state lines.

The Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CASPR), which applies to 28 states, aims to reduce emissions of sulfur...

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The Climate Post: Study Deals Blow for Biofuels as EPA Lowers 2013 Mandate

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 9:25 AM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday retroactively lowered the quantity of cellulosic biofuel required for blending in traditional fuels for 2013. In January the EPA agreed to reconsider the mandate "due to the reduced estimate of anticipated cellulosic biofuel production in 2013 that was...

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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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