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Comments on Department of Labor Proposed Rule on Prudence and Loyalty in Selecting Plan Investments and Exercising Shareholder Rights

These comments support a Department of Labor proposed rule that clarifies that retirement plan fiduciaries should consider climate risk and other ESG factors whenever relevant to financial risk-return analysis for investment and proxy voting decisions. The comments additionally offer suggestions on potential improvements to the proposal for the Department's consideration.
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Mandating Disclosure of Climate-Related Financial Risk (Blog)

This blog outlines reasons for supporting the SEC’s plan to propose a rule requiring standardized climate risk disclosures and provides several recommendations for how the SEC should build its institutional knowledge as it designs and enforces a climate risk disclosure regime, drawing on a forthcoming paper in the N.Y.U. Journal…
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Testimony of Michael Panfil Before the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change

Michael Panfil testified in a Hearing on Climate Resilience of Transportation and Electric Infrastructure before the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change. As demonstrated in these remarks, well-designed climate resilience planning is feasible using data and tools available today. The same is true with respect to existing…
Michael Panfil
October 4, 2021
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Supplemental Comments on FERC’s Technical Conference on Climate Change, Extreme Weather, and Electric System Reliability

These post-technical conference comments provide further recommendations on how FERC can support effective climate resilience planning throughout the energy system, supplementing an earlier set of pre-technical conference comments.
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Without Planning, Climate Change Will Bring More Texas-Style Blackouts

In the wake of the tragic February 2021 Texas winter storm and resulting power outages, this opinion piece argues that state regulators should require the electric industry to recognize the undeniable: climate change is here and it needs to be factored into their planning and decision making.