George T. Frampton is a distinguished senior fellow and the director of the Transatlantic Climate Policy Initiative at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center where he manages the Transatlantic Climate Policy Program. He was a former chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and is the co-founder and chief executive officer of the Partnership for Responsible Growth, an organization started in 2015 to build a bipartisan dialogue around carbon pricing as a key element in addressing climate change.
In 2019, he was the Richard Holbrooke inaugural fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, where he organized and presented at a number of workshops and conferences on the relationship between European and US climate policy.
Frampton’s background combines science, economics, and law. Before chairing the CEQ from 1998 to 2001, he served as assistant secretary of the interior for fish, wildlife, and parks and as president of The Wilderness Society. He has been senior of counsel at Covington & Burling LLP, working in the firm’s climate and clean energy practice, and a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LP.
He served as deputy director and chief of staff for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s investigation into the Three Mile Island nuclear accident; assistant independent counsel during the investigation of Edwin Meese III; and was special counsel to the State of Alaska in 1985. From 1973 to 1975, Mr. Frampton served as an assistant special prosecutor with the US Department of Justice on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force where he worked on the grand jury investigation and trial of President Nixon’s top aides in the Watergate cover-up.
Frampton has a degree in physics from Yale College, a Master of Laws in advanced economic theory from the London School of Economics, and a JD from Harvard Law School, where he was managing editor of the Harvard Law Review. In 1971, Frampton served as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun.