Friday, June 16, 2017

Remarks on U-M’s commitment to environmental sustainability at June 15, 2017 Board of Regents Meeting

U-M Office of the President, feat the Beyond Carbon Neutral Project

[Remarks made upon appointment of Jonathan Overpeck as dean of the School for Environment and Sustainability at U-M Board of Regents Meeting]

Thank you, Interim Provost Courant, for the terrific job you’ve done to recruit these outstanding individuals to lead our schools.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

To our faculty: 

Some of you may have seen the link in this morning's U-M News Clips from the VP of Communications to a Bloomberg story about U-M's endowment investment increase in fossil energy. If you did not see it, here’s a link to the Bloomberg article on the subject:

Friday, June 09, 2017

To slow climate change, India joins the renewable energy revolution

The Conversation, feat. Arun Agrawal

Friday, June 02, 2017

Trump to pull US out of Paris climate agreement: U-M experts respond

University of Michigan News, feat. Barry Rabe, Richard Rood, Mark Barteau, Daniel Raimi, Joe Arvai and Andrew Hoffman

Friday, June 02, 2017

Schneider Electric (Jean-Pascal Tricoire)

Schneider Electric CEO Jean-Pascal Tricoire says that running a business which is environmentally friendly is a "question of good economic sense."

Watch video

BP (Bob Dudley)

Friday, May 26, 2017

New way to test self-driving cars could cut 99.9 percent of validation costs

University of Michigan News, feat. Huei Peng

Mobility researchers at the University of Michigan have devised a new way to test autonomous vehicles that bypasses the billions of miles they would need to log for consumers to consider them road-ready.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Focus on carbon removal a ‘high-stakes gamble’

Climate Central, feat. John DeCicco

The manmade emissions fueling global warming are accumulating so quickly in the atmosphere that climate change could spiral out of control before humanity can take measures drastic enough to cool the earth’s fever, many climate scientists say.

Friday, May 12, 2017

E.P.A. dismisses members of major scientific review board

The New York Times, feat. Joe Arvai

The Environmental Protection Agency has dismissed at least five members of a major scientific review board, the latest signal of what critics call a campaign by the Trump administration to shrink the agency’s regulatory reach by reducing the role of academic research.

Friday, May 05, 2017

EPA in the Crosshairs

Ann Arbor Observer, feat. John DeCicco and Brad Cardinale

When he ran for president, Donald Trump vowed to "get rid" of the Environmental Protection Agency. By the time he was done, he said, there would be only "little tidbits left."

Monday, May 01, 2017

On April 28, Rocky Mountain Institute cofounder Amory Lovins stopped by the Energy Institute to visit with faculty and give a talk titled “Astonishing Automotive Futures: Disruptive Designs, Analyses, and Strategies.” If you missed it:

Watch the video here

View and download the slides from this talk here

Friday, April 28, 2017
PolitiFact: What happens to oil from Keystone pipeline
Politifact, feat Barry Rabe and Mark Barteau

President Donald Trump’s approval of the Keystone XL pipeline brought protests from opponents who say it won’t benefit the United States.
“I’ve opposed the Keystone strategy for a long time because it is an export strategy,” U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., told the Press-Republican newspaper in Plattsburgh. “It doesn’t even have any oil for America to make our gas prices cheaper.”
“It’s literally oil from Canada taken through America, so we take all the risks of any kind of spill or any kind of problem, and then it exports it to Mexico and then straight to China or other places,” she said.
Is Gillibrand right? Will the crude oil that flows through the pipeline immediately leave the U.S.?
Friday, April 21, 2017

Why drivers own light trucks over cars

University of Michigan News, feat. Michael Sivak

A new national survey from the University of Michigan explores why consumers choose to drive SUVs, pick-ups, vans and minivans over cars, even though these so-called "light trucks" generally demonstrate lower fuel economy than passenger cars.