CCAP Honors a Legacy and Welcomes New Leadership



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CCAP Honors a Legacy and Welcomes New Leadership

 Madison, WI – The Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) held a banquet on June 22 to honor Governor Tony Earl’s tenure as its board chairman. Governor Earl founded CCAP and has headed its board of directors for 28 years. He will remain active on CCAP’s executive committee as chairman emeritus.

Founded by a small group of state governors and led by Earl since 1985, CCAP began as an organization known for implementing cost-effective air quality solutions and expanded to work on climate change. The glue that held it all together, Earl dedicated his professional and personal life to climate policy and the conservation of natural resources.

The banquet, held at the University of Wisconsin’s Union South Varsity Hall, convened current and former CCAP board members, Earl’s colleagues from his time as the governor of Wisconsin, as well as CCAP staff. Congressman Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), a leader in CCAP’s successful effort to pass acid rain legislation, and a former CCAP board member, delivered the keynote address. Former Congressman Dave Obey and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett participated, as well as Earl’s board member colleagues from Czech Republic, Colombia, Mexico and Germany.

During his tenure, Earl assisted CCAP in designing and pushing for an acid rain control program in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. CCAP played a major role in the passage of sulfur-dioxide emissions trading programs in the Clean Air Act amendments. This act was the first federal environmental program to allow companies to comply with pollution limits through emissions trading.

On the international front, Earl was instrumental in facilitating the world’s first Joint Implementation project in the energy sector. Working with former Secretary of Energy Hazel O’Leary and local Czech Republic officials, CCAP and Earl initiated the conversion of a coal-fired power plant in the Decin region to use cleaner-burning natural gas co-generation. Led by then-Wisconsin Electric’s CEO Richard Abdoo, three American utilities were brought together to finance the project in return for the world’s first carbon emissions credits. This policy framework later served as a model for the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism system as it was the first such project in the world.

“I am immensely proud of the Center for Clean Air Policy and all it has achieved over the years,” Earl said. “It has truly been an honor to serve such a pioneering organization. In the field of energy and climate change policy, no other think tank of its size has been able to accomplish what CCAP has. From implementing the first Joint Implementation project, to pushing for acid rain amendments in the Clean Air Act, to developing the first design for the European Union’s Emissions Trading System, to helping developing countries around the world design sustainable development programs, CCAP has been nothing short of instrumental in shaping climate change policy worldwide.”

“CCAP would not be the organization it is today without Tony’s dedicated leadership,” Helme said. “Tony was there over 20 years ago when CCAP was just a shoestring operation, with one employee, a one-room office and a tiny budget. He brought together a number of his gubernatorial colleagues to launch CCAP and thanks to his leadership it has grown into the international organization it is today. I am continually grateful for his guidance as a board chairman, colleague and friend, and couldn’t have accomplished any of this without him.”

With Earl stepping down, Jim Maddy, the president and CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and former president of the National Parks Foundation and the League of Conservation Voters, has been named chairman of CCAP’s Board of Directors. Fernando Tudela, former Undersecretary of Planning and Environmental Policy at Mexico’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources during three different administrations has been named vice chairman.


Since 1985, the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) has been a recognized world leader in climate and air quality policy and is the only independent, nonprofit think tank working exclusively on those issues at the local, U.S. national and international levels. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., CCAP helps policymakers around the world develop, promote and implement innovative, market-based solutions to major climate, air quality and energy problems that balance both environmental and economic interests.