Consumers feel their home energy costs would have to more than double before they had to use less or reduce other expenses to compensate, according to a new index created by the University of Michigan's Energy Institute and released today. The university's energy affordability indices are modeled on U-M's Survey of Consumers, and like their progenitor, the surveys ask questions of consumers about how much their own bills for things like gasoline, electricity, and home heating would have to rise before they became unaffordable. The energy surveys, which canvassed 3,400 Americans over two years, found that throughout the survey period, even consumers in the lower third of the income scale would have to see their home energy costs double before costs broke the bank. The survey also looked at gasoline prices and found that consumers would not find it unaffordable to fill their tanks unless pump prices more than doubled to $5.50 a gallon.
“It would be better if the Renewable Fuel Standard were simply repealed,” argues John DeCicco, a research professor at the University of Michigan Energy Institute and a former senior fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund.
Continuing EPA's unprecedented public engagement and outreach on the Clean Power Plan, EPA will hold four, two-day public hearings across the country on the proposed federal plan and model rules for the Clean Power Plan.
How do Americans think about energy? Is the debate over fossil fuels, nuclear power, and renewable energy highly partisan and ideological? How much does concern about climate change weigh on these opinions? David Konisky answers these questions and more. Free pizza!
Panel debate over emissions doesn't follow partisan lines
It was an unusual scenario, to say the least.
Republican lawmakers yesterday needled witnesses on the nuances and intricacies of carbon accounting for biofuels -- models created to showcase how well the fuels performed as a tool for averting climate change.
Energy Institute Research Professor John DeCicco testified before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, at a hearing titled: "Renewable Fuel Standard: A Ten Year Review of Costs and Benefits." Read the testimony here, or watch the full hearing:
Governments represent important audiences for organizations, and like other audiences, they are more likely to recognize a group of entrants as representing a new industry category that is worthy of support when these entrants are more similar and coherent, and when they enjoy recognition and support by actors external to the industry.
Learning from others, Michigan considers best options for future fracking
With the rapid rise in hydraulic fracturing activity, numerous government, industry, academic and environmental organizations have rushed to examine the potential benefits and impacts of high-volume hydraulic fracturing. In fact, one review of the available scientific peer-reviewed literature on the impacts of shale gas development found that the bulk, or 73%, of the studies have been published only since January 1 2013.
Beyond Carbon Neutral is a major new initiative to develop technologies, programs and policies to raise the rate at which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere. Visit beyondcarbonneutral.org for full project details.
Mark Tercek is president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, the global conservation organization known for its intense focus on collaboration and getting things done for the benefit of people and nature. He is the author of the Washington Post and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling book Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature.