Former chair of White House Council on Environmental Quality will lead Global Energy Center’s new Transatlantic Climate Policy Program

WASHINGTON, DC – October 20, 2020 – The Atlantic Council announced today that George T. Frampton, former chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), will become a senior fellow at the Council’s Global Energy Center, where he will lead a new Transatlantic Climate Policy Program.

“When combined with the Center’s longstanding work on European energy security and US-focused climate and advanced energy program, the Center will be perfectly positioned to play a unique role in the growing importance of climate-related issues in the Atlantic community,” said Ambassador Richard Morningstar, Founding Chairman of the Global Energy Center. “I can think of no one better suited to lead this work than George Frampton, who brings unmatched insights and expertise to the Atlantic Council.”

“I can think of no one better suited to lead this work than George Frampton, who brings unmatched insights and expertise to the Atlantic Council.”

Ambassador Richard Morningstar, Founding Chairman of the Global Energy Center

The Transatlantic Climate Policy Program will focus on bringing extensive European experience in designing and implementing climate policy to the US; fostering a robust dialogue about how to harmonize respective climate policies and the resulting trade, innovation, and investment issues; and exploring how the US and Europe can work together to take a renewed global leadership role in climate action.

Frampton was the co-founder and CEO 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 high-level workshops and conferences on the relationships between EU and US climate policy.

Frampton’s background combines science, economics, and law. In addition to chairing 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 was 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.  Frampton has degrees in physics from Yale College, 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. He served as law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun.

“I am very excited to be joining the Atlantic Council, one of the preeminent institutions shaping America’s role in the world,” said Frampton. “I am especially proud to work with Dick Morningstar, Randy Bell, and others at the Global Energy Center in fashioning a more robust US global climate strategy. A rapid climate policy transformation is occurring in the EU, which will present enormous challenges and opportunities for the US whether it partners with the EU or our climate goals diverge. The Atlantic Council’s credibility and expertise make it a natural partner in efforts to promote that dialogue.”

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