U-M Sustainability Expert Perspectives

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10/22/2018
It's the economics: Red states embracing wind energy don't do it for the climate
Sarah Mills, Senior Project Manager, Ford School's Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP); Project Manager, National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE), University of Michigan

The federal government has never played a leading role in restricting the carbon footprint of the nation’s power plants. But now that the Trump administration is trying to dismantle many energy regulations, that national role is even smaller. Read More.

10/22/2018
Rising insurance costs may convince Americans that climate change risks are real
Andrew J. Hoffman, Holcim (US) Professor at the Ross School of Business and School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan

One of the great challenges of tackling climate change is making it real for people without a scientific background. That’s because the threat it poses can be so hard to see or feel. Read More.

10/9/2018
Nobel award recognizes how economic forces can fight climate change
Andrew J. Hoffman, Holcim (US) Professor at the Ross School of Business and School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan
Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, Senior Economist and Interim Associate Director of Social Science and Policy, University of Michigan Energy Institute, University of Michigan

Yale economist William Nordhaus has devoted his life’s work to understanding the costs of climate change and advocating the use of a carbon tax to curb global warming. Read More.

9/4/2018
'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.

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