U-M Sustainability Expert Perspectives

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11/14/2016
Why Trump's vow to kill Obama's sustainability agenda will lead business to step in and save it
Joe Arvai, Max McGraw Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, and Director of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan

During the campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump called climate change a hoax, threatened to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, committed to easing restrictions on drilling and mining on federal lands, and promised to push for oil pipelines and other controversial energy infrastructure. Read More.

11/9/2016
What President Trump means for the future of energy and climate
Mark Barteau, Director, University of Michigan Energy Institute, University of Michigan

President…Donald…Trump. For those on both sides of the aisle who vowed “Never Trump!,” that’s going to take some getting used to. On this morning after a stunning election, the first impulse may be to describe the future in apocalyptic phrases. Game over for the climate! Game over for NATO! Game over for the Clean Power Plan! Game over for Planned Parenthood! Read More.

10/5/2016
Biofuels turn out to be a climate mistake – here's why
John DeCicco, Research Professor, University of Michigan

Ever since the 1973 oil embargo, U.S. energy policy has sought to replace petroleum-based transportation fuels with alternatives. One prominent option is using biofuels, such as ethanol in place of gasoline and biodiesel instead of ordinary diesel. Read More.

9/27/2016
Climate change and the presidential race: Lessons from the Reagan years
Andrew J. Hoffman, Holcim (US) Professor at the Ross School of Business and Education Director at the Graham Sustainability Institute, University of Michigan

Climate change did not come up in the first presidential debate – well, not in any real sense. Hillary Clinton jabbed at Donald Trump for claiming that “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” He denied that he said it, but his tweet on November 6, 2012 says otherwise. Later Trump chided Clinton that climate change is not as important “as you think, as your president thinks.” Read More.

9/8/2016
How big data and algorithms are slashing the cost of fixing Flint's water crisis
Jacob Abernethy, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
Eric Schwartz, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan highlights a number of serious problems: a public health outbreak, inadequate urban infrastructure, environmental injustice and political failures. But when it comes to recovery, the central challenge, and one that has received relatively little attention, is our lack of useful information and understanding. Read More.

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