U-M Sustainability Expert Perspectives

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'Pay-for-luck': Oil and gas execs out-earn their peers
Lucas Davis, Professor at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
Catherine Hausman, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan

Following a long slump, crude prices have rebounded to about US$70 per barrel. That may make 2018 the most profitable year for oil and gas companies in at least four years. Read More.

How recycling more steel and aluminum could slash imports without a trade war
Daniel Cooper, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

Many economists expect President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported steel and aluminum to increase what American companies and consumers pay for those metals and the goods made from them. Dozens of companies have already said they will have to fire workers or even go out of business. And, as the retaliatory tariffs Canada, Japan, Mexico and other countries have announced underscore, the U.S. is heading for a trade war with the nation’s closest allies. Read More.

Bendable concrete, with a design inspired by seashells, can make US infrastructure safer and more durable
Victor C. Li, Chair professor, University of Michigan

Spring construction season is underway, and many tons of concrete will be used in the coming months. Unfortunately, concrete is a brittle material: Placed under stress, it cannot bend very far before it fractures. Some pavements that are being poured now will crack within a few years and require expensive repairs. New concrete will be mixed, and the cycle will start again. Read More.

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