Climate change is the challenge of our time. Scientists believe that greenhouse gas emissions are a major cause of rising temperatures, severe weather, and drought. The Pentagon considers climate change’s impact to be a “threat multiplier.” The financial and health costs are large and on the rise. Leaders of major financial institutions and leading companies recognize it is time for action. Many are taking steps to reduce or eliminate carbon in their operations. We can either rise to the challenge by acting now or accept that inaction will only lead to further decline of our quality of life, our prosperity, our national security, and our children’s future.
Economists agree that the most effective, efficient way to address this challenge is to put a price on carbon. To promote U.S. competitiveness, half the proceeds of the carbon fee could go toward reducing the corporate tax rate. The balance could be returned to low- and middle- income consumers. This legislative package would make U.S. companies more competitive, create jobs, end the impasse on tax reform, and stimulate economic growth. Just as businessmen and investors build risk-pricing into their decision-making, we must price the risk of climate change.
George T. Frampton, co-Founder
George T. Frampton, Jr. was Senior of Counsel at Covington & Burling LLP in the firm’s climate and clean energy practice from 2009 to 2013. He was a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LP from 2001to 2009 and Operating Advisor to Pegasus Capital; Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) from1998 to 2000; Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks from 1993 to 1997; President of The Wilderness Society from1987 to 1993; partner at Rogovin, Huge & Lenzner, Washington, DC from 1979 to1996, Deputy Director and Chief of Staff, Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s investigation into the Three Mile Island nuclear accident; Assistant Independent Counsel, Investigation of Edwin Meese III; and Special Counsel to the State of Alaska in 1985. Mr. Frampton served as an Assistant Special Prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, US Department of Justice, from 1973 to 1975 where he worked on the grand jury investigation and trial of President Nixon’s top aides in the Watergate cover-up; and was a law clerk to the Hon. Harry A. Blackmun, US Supreme Court, in 1971. He graduated from Yale College with a Bachelor of Arts in Physics, the London School of Economics with a M.Sc. Economics, with Distinction, in Advanced Economic Theory, and Harvard Law School where he was Treasurer (Managing Editor) of the Harvard Law Review.
William C. Eacho, co-Founder
William C. Eacho is a successful businessman who served as United States Ambassador to Austria from 2009 to 2013. He is a Visiting Professor of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. He serves on the board of directors of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), the Salzburg Global Seminar, and the American-Austrian Foundation. He spent much of his business career in the foodservice distribution business as Chairman & CEO of Atlantic Food Services, and later as EVP of Alliant Foodservice, Inc., at that point a $6 billion national distributor. He served as founding Chairman of UniPro, the industry’s leading procurement and marketing cooperative with combined member sales of $20 billion. Ambassador Eacho was later CEO of Carlton Capital Group, LLC, a private investment company focused on investment in real estate, alternative energy and technology. He previously served on the boards of Capital Transportation Inc., Stanley Martin Companies, Inc., Bialek Environments, Inc. and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, where he also served as chairman and acting CEO. His other former affiliations include serving on the board of visitors of Duke University’s Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, a member of the World President Organization and Chief Executive Organization, chapter chair of the Young Presidents Organization Washington, DC Chapter, Business Executives for National Security, and The Brookings Council. Mr. Eacho graduated from Duke University with a (self-designed) major in law and economics and graduated with Distinction from Harvard Business School.
Walter C. Minnick, co-Founder
Walter C. Minnick is the Co-Founder and Partner, The Majority Group, a Washington, DC government relations firm. He was previously a Congressman from Idaho. Prior to serving in Congress, he was Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board, and CEO of SummerWinds Garden Centers, Inc., the 14th largest independent garden center company in the United States. He previously was President and Chief Executive Officer of Trus Joist Corporation, now a $3 billion division of the Weyerheauser Co. and formerly a Fortune 1000 public corporation. He was a Co-Founder, Director and Member of the Idaho Business Council, a group of 50 CEOs or heads of Idaho business units of significant Idaho corporations, and a past member of the American Business Conference (CEO’s of 100 high-growth, American corporations). In 1991 was selected as Idaho’s Businessman of the Year. Prior to his career in business he served 3 ½ years as a Staff Assistant to the President and as a Deputy Assistant Director in the Office of Management and Budget under President Nixon, tasked with starting the federal government’s global anti-drug program. He was previously a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army stationed in the Pentagon working as the economist on Department of Defense’s Vietnamization Task Force. Prior to his military service, he was an associate with Davies, Biggs, Stoel, Rives and Boley, Portland, OR, then the largest law firm in the Pacific Northwest. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors in Economics from Whitman College and with High Distinction from Harvard Business School and Magna Cum Laude from Harvard Law School.
Jesse Vogel, Managing Director
Jesse Vogel is a clean energy and climate policy professional. Prior to joining the Partnership, he served as the Executive Assistant to the Managing Director of Tax Equity Advisors, a clean energy investment firm focused on deploying corporate capital in solar generation projects. He has served as a consultant on international climate policy on projects for the Center for American Progress and the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, and supported the Partnership in its outreach at the Paris Climate Conference in 2015. Most recently, Vogel was a Regional Organizing Director on Hillary for America’s campaign in southwest Ohio. He received his B.A. from Oberlin College.
Ben Beach, Senior Writer
Ben Beach is a writer and editor who has worked for Time Magazine, USA Today, a Michigan congressman, The Wilderness Society, the Alliance to Save Energy, and, most recently, the State Department. His responsibilities have included media outreach and serving as editor-in-chief of magazines, newsletters, and annual reports. His work has appeared in Reader’s Digest, The Washington Post, The New Republic, STATE Magazine, and elsewhere.
Beach has edited reports by the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce and the Natural Resources Defense Council, among others.
Mary Hanley, Communications Advisor
Mary Hanley is a seasoned communications professional with extensive experience in the public, non-profit and private sectors. She has managed a wide variety of strategic media campaigns supporting public policy, grassroots education and mobilization, coalition and image-building and crisis management programs.
Hanley was director of communications for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and for the Secretary of Commerce. She served on the 2008 Clinton Global Initiative’s Climate and Energy Facilitation Team. She was COO for a technology business consulting firm; vice president for communications at The Wilderness Society, communications director for U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, (N.C), and executive vice president of the National Association for Biomedical Research. Hanley also worked as a public affairs officer in the U.S. Secretary of State’s office and as director of special events for the City of Philadelphia. She received her B.A. in International Relations at George Washington University and attended graduate school at the Europa Institute in the Netherlands.
Sage hunter bornstein, Political Outreach Coordinator
Sage Bornstein is passionate about clean energy solutions, international politics, and urban economics. Prior to his work with the Partnership, Sage worked as a regional field organizer for Hillary For America in the Bay Area and on HFA's communication team at their Brooklyn headquarters. Prior to his campaign experience, Sage worked for the Chicago Urban League on Microfinance projects to ensure access to capital for minority owned small businesses in the South Side of Chicago. Before moving to Chicago, Sage helped draft and pass a campaign finance reform referendum in Multnomah County, Oregon. Sage has studied at Reed College and the University of Chicago.
Kelsey forren, Political Outreach Coordinator
Kelsey Forren is passionate about community engagement and environmental policy. Prior to her work with the Partnership, Kelsey worked at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, as an Andrew Goodman Vote Everywhere Ambassador, and as a facilitator for the National Issues Forum. Previously, Kelsey was an intern for the Miami University Office of Community Engagement and Service, where she established and maintained community partnerships, particularly related to voter engagement. She will be entering her fourth year at Miami University this fall.