Ted Halstead

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BornJuly 25, 1968
Chicago, Illinois
DiedSeptember 2, 2020 (Age 52)
Cause of death
Fell 30 meters while hiking
Alma materDartmouth College, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Member ofWEF/Global Leaders for Tomorrow/2001, WEF/Young Global Leaders/2005
WEF/Global Leaders for Tomorrow/2001. Started several "conservative" carbon reduction NGOs.

Ted Halstead was an American author, policy entrepreneur,[1] and public speaker who has founded four non-profit think tanks and advocacy organizations: the Climate Leadership Council,[2] Americans for Carbon Dividends,[3][4] New America Foundation[5] , and Redefining Progress. His areas of expertise included climate policy, economic policy, environmental policy, healthcare, and political reform.[6][7]

In 2018, Halstead received total compensation of $356,188.[8]

He was selected a Global Leader for Tomorrow in 2001 and was part of the continuation program Young Global Leaders 2005 by the World Economic Forum.

Climate Leadership Council

The Climate Leadership Council is a nonprofit organization that advocates for a carbon tax[9][10][11] Launched in 2017 by Halstead and former Republican Secretaries of State James Baker and George Shultz,[12] it is financed by Goldman Sachs[13][14],the Craig and Susan McCaw Foundation and the Arnhold Foundation.

The CLC's angle is to sell its plan as “conservative” plan because the carbon tax is “revenue neutral” and the plan was authored by former Republican officials.[15] The Climate Leadership Council' plan is based on four inter-dependent pillars: (1) a gradually rising carbon fee, (2) carbon dividends for all Americans, (3) significant regulatory simplification, and (4) border carbon adjustment.[16]

Its plan intends to reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2035.[17]

The Council has organized a coalition of corporations, environmental organizations, economists and others in support of its proposal.[18]

In 2019, the Climate Leadership Council helped organize the largest and most prominent public statement in the history of the economics profession.[19][20] The Economists Statement on Carbon Dividends, first published in The Wall Street Journal, was signed by over 3,500 U.S. economists, including all four living former Chairs of the Federal Reserve (Janet Yellen, Ben Bernanke, Alan Greenspan and Paul Volcker), 27 Nobel Laureate economists, and 15 former Chairs of the President's Council of Economic Advisors.[21][22]


Halstead died in Spain on September 2, 2020, when he fell 30 meters while hiking.[23][24]


Events Participated in

WEF/Annual Meeting/200421 January 200425 January 2004World Economic Forum
2068 billionaires, CEOs and their politicians and "civil society" leaders met under the slogan Partnering for Prosperity and Security. "We have the people who matter," said World Economic Forum Co-Chief Executive Officer José María Figueres.
WEF/Annual Meeting/201922 January 201925 January 2019World Economic Forum
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  1. http://www.echoinggreen.org/fellows/ted-halstead
  2. https://clcouncil.org/our-story/%7Curl-status=live%7Cwebsite=Climate Leadership Council
  3. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/10/climate/white-house-approves-climate-report-what-that-means.html
  4. https://www.afcd.org/about-us/
  5. https://www.clcouncil.org/ted-halstead/
  6. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/opinion/a-conservative-case-for-climate-action.html?smid=pl-share&_r=0%7Ctitle=A Conservative Case for Climate Action
  7. https://archive.org/details/radicalcenterfut00tedh
  8. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Climate Leadership Council. 2018. Part VII.
  9. https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/the-fastest-way-to-cut-carbon-emissions-is-a-fee-and-a-rebate-top-leaders-say/2020/02/13/b63b766c-4cfc-11ea-bf44-f5043eb3918a_story.html
  10. https://fortune.com/2020/12/10/biden-climate-diplomacy-environmentalism-john-kerry-foreign-policy-janet-yellen-paris-agreement/
  11. https://www.axios.com/big-oil-backs-carbon-tax-push-1513303102-32eb6e97-db17-47d6-aec0-3556cb3c0ac2.html
  12. https://www.axios.com/carbon-tax-campaign-unveils-new-details-and-backers-37a1f955-8231-4022-9372-be624aef86ae.html
  13. Information provided by FoundationSearch. Climate Leadership Council. Accessed October 31, 2019. www.FoundationSearch.com
  14. https://www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/climate-leadership-council/
  15. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/02/07/senior-republican-leaders-propose-replacing-obamas-climate-plans-with-a-carbon-tax
  16. https://clcouncil.org/our-plan/
  17. https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/482957-coalition-plan-seeks-to-cut-carbon-emissions-in-half-by-2035
  18. {https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/energy/article/Corporations-push-carbon-tax-plan-aiming-to-cut-15053393.php
  19. https://www.wsj.com/articles/former-fed-leaders-economists-rally-around-carbon-tax-11547684175
  20. https://www.forbes.com/sites/teresaghilarducci/2019/03/10/the-tax-economists-love/#155450c5668e
  21. https://www.wsj.com/articles/economists-statement-on-carbon-dividends-1154768291
  22. https://www.econstatement.org/
  23. https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/energy/article/Head-of-conservative-climate-group-dies-in-hiking-15549639.php
  24. https://www.ultimahora.es/sucesos/ultimas/2020/09/02/1193679/fallece-senderista-caer-por-acantilado-metros-capdella.html

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