Timothy Puko

Washington, D.C.

Climate correspondent covering politics and policy

Education: Columbia University, MS in Journalism; Northwestern University, BS in Journalism; McKeesport Area High School

Timothy Puko covers climate policy and politics for The Washington Post. He has been reporting on the energy industry and climate change for more than a decade, covering the fracking boom in Pennsylvania and commodity traders in New York before arriving in Washington during the Trump administration. His scoops have revealed behind-the-scenes maneuvering from the nation’s oil lobby, major changes to greenhouse-gas regulations, and international negotiations over climate change and oil. He arrived at The Post in October 2022 after eight years at the Wall Street Journal. He started his career a
Latest from Timothy Puko

‘Terrible public policy’: Why the debt deal infuriates climate activists

The deal does little for the clean energy transition, and expedites a natural gas pipeline. But it keeps intact spending in Biden’s climate bill -- an early target for the GOP.

May 29, 2023

Supreme Court weakens EPA power to enforce Clean Water Act

Justice Samuel A. Alito, writing for the majority in the 5-4 opinion, said the EPA’s interpretation of its powers went too far.

May 25, 2023

How Supreme Court’s EPA ruling will affect U.S. wetlands, clean water

The decision could affect tens of thousands of acres of wetlands, including in the Everglades and the Mississippi River basin.

May 25, 2023

Biden seeks to tighten regulation of toxic power plant coal waste dumps

Dozens of coal waste landfills nationwide, previously exempted from federal oversight, would be regulated under a proposed rule.

May 17, 2023

The U.S. is taking a giant step toward meeting its climate goal

An EPA plan would drive massive emissions cuts from coal and natural gas power plants to help meet the president’s ambitious global climate pledge.

May 11, 2023

This power plant offers a peek into the future

As the EPA prepares to crack down on power plants, Entergy, an energy company, is building a plant that can run on hydrogen to lower climate emissions.

May 1, 2023

EPA plan would impose drastic cuts on power plant emissions by 2040

The EPA will soon unveil a long-awaited plan -- sure to face legal challenges -- that would push fossil-fuel burning plants to use carbon-capture technology or hydrogen.

April 22, 2023

What is Willow? How an Alaska oil project could affect the environment.

Alaska's Willow would be the nation's largest U.S. oil project, and it has survived an early court challenge. Why did Biden approve this Arctic drilling site?

April 22, 2023

EPA proposes to ban most uses of methylene chloride, a toxic solvent

Highly toxic, methylene chloride is among the chemicals the EPA is re-evaluating under amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act, enacted in 2016.

April 20, 2023

Biden pledges $500 million to curb Amazon deforestation

President Biden announced new plans to fight climate change and called on the world's top economies to step up to the “collective challenge” of staving off devastating global warming.

April 20, 2023