News - Tim Profeta

A suite of executive orders that President Biden will reportedly issue on Wednesday represent an important first step in combating climate change, Tim Profeta tells The New York Times.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry has been tapped by President-elect Joe Biden to be the nation’s international climate czar, becoming the first person with a role fully dedicated to the issue to serve on the National Security Council. Tim Profeta spoke to The Boston Globe about the significance of the appointment.

The Ways & Means podcast​ team hosted the live Climate Whistleblowers event as a part of Duke Energy Week 2020.

As part of the discussion, Tim Profeta and Karen Torrent, policy counsel for the National Whistleblower Center talked about the new Climate Risk Disclosure Lab, which is considering ways to hold companies accountable for failing to disclose material climate risks.

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., eager to elevate climate change issues throughout his administration, is already drafting orders to reduce planet-warming pollution and seeking nominees who will embed climate policy not only in environmental agencies but in departments from Defense to Treasury to Transportation, The New York Times reports. Tim Profeta, who co-led the Climate 21 Project, told the paper that such planning has been effective in past transitions.

The Climate 21 Project lays out a path for the incoming Biden-Harris administration to take urgent and meaningful action on climate change across the federal government starting on Inauguration Day.

A who's who of Obama administration alumni, climate experts and Biden transition advisers released a blueprint, called the Climate 21 Project, for how the incoming administration can take a whole-of-government approach to climate change policy, reports Greenwire.

President-elect Joe Biden is poised to embed action on climate change across the breadth of the federal government, The Washington Post reports. Developed over a year and a half, the Climate 21 Project provides a 300-page blueprint that outlines how the incoming administration could restructure aspects of the government to move faster on global warming.

As the U.S. faces a need to act urgently on climate change, Tim Profeta has proposed a new strategy for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by playing to the strengths of the government’s federalist structure through a partnership between state and federal governments.

The initiative, a collaboration between the Global Financial Markets Center at Duke Law, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and the National Whistleblower Center, will improve corporate reporting of climate-related risk and facilitate information sharing and policy development.

No policy conversation in the United States is properly focused without evaluating its effect on the relationship between the federal and state governments, write Tim Profeta and Elizabeth Thompson in an op-ed for The Hill. Profeta and Thompson discuss how the Nicholas Institute has brought this conversation to the issue of climate change.