U-M Sustainability Expert Perspectives

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1/10/2018
Rejection of subsidies for coal and nuclear power is a win for fact-based policymaking
Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, Senior Economist and Interim Associate Director of Social Science and Policy, University of Michigan Energy Institute, University of Michigan

Energy Secretary Rick Perry has repeatedly expressed concern over the past year about the reliability of our national electric power grid. On Sept. 28, 2017, Perry ordered the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to revise wholesale electricity market rules to help ensure “… a reliable, resilient electric grid powered by an ‘all of the above’ mix of generation resources.” Perry’s proposal included an implicit subsidy to owners of coal and nuclear power plants, to compensate them for keeping a 90-day fuel supply on-site in the event of a disruption to the grid. Read More.

12/11/2017
How Bill McKibben's radical idea of fossil-fuel divestment transformed the climate debate
Todd Schifeling, Assistant Professor at the Fox School of Business, Temple University
Andrew J. Hoffman, Holcim (US) Professor at the Ross School of Business and Education Director at the Graham Sustainability Institute, University of Michigan

“We need to view the fossil-fuel industry in a new light. It has become a rogue industry, reckless like no other force on Earth. It is Public Enemy Number One to the survival of our planetary civilization.” Read More.

11/15/2017
Why meeting the Paris climate goals is an existential threat to fossil fuel industries
Henry Kelly, Senior Scientist, Michigan Institute for Data Science, University of Michigan

Attacks on climate policies are not really about the science. They’re about the future of fossil fuels. Read More.

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