Energy & Climate

Why data alone won’t make a difference in the climate debate

The scientists no longer have the final say in the public debate on climate change. The debate is shifting to a conversation that focuses on the values, culture, worldviews and ideologies of all populations.

“A great and more varied voice from the social sciences…is needed to address issues related to how the problem is viewed by the public and how that public will respond to the solutions.”

Read more:
The ‘How’ In the Climate Debate (html)

Andy Hoffman: 2012 as the Hottest Year on Record

Erb Director, Andy Hoffman featured in AnnArbor.com news article for his contribution to the conversation on climate change.

In the interview,  Andy stated, “People respond to what is salient and vivid,” “Many people doubt evidence of climate change because it comes from people they don’t trust, people like Gore and other politicians and institutions they see as liberal, Hoffman said.”

Read more:
Ann Arbor joins continental U.S. in posting hottest year on record (html)
Ann Arbor joins continental U.S. in posting hottest year on record (pdf)

Feb 12 – National Climate Assessment Midwest Regional Town Hall

8:45am-3:30pm
Webinar

Hosted by the University and Co-sponsored by the Erb Institute

Register | Event Details

 

Andy Hoffman’s report featured in European Financial Review

Andy Hoffman’s report,  Climate Science as Culture War digs into the deeper meaning of climate change science and who needs to play a part in the conversations and debates.

“…we do not have a set of socially accepted beliefs on climate change—beliefs that emerge, not from individual preferences, but from societal norms; beliefs that represent those on the political left, right, and center as well as those whose cultural identifications are urban, rural, religious, agnostic, young, old, ethnic, or racial.”

Climate Science as Culture War (html)
Climate Science as Culture War (pdf) 

 

Dec 13 – EDF Climate Corps Webinar

12-1pm EST

Featuring: Scott Wood and Jake Hiller, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
Register here | Details

MI / U-M fracking research partnership to include Erb Institute

Announced by Governor Rick Snyder, research teams kicked off the first phase of their two-year research project last month with support from: the Graham Sustainability Institute, the Erb Institute, the Energy Institute and the Risk Science Center. Industry representatives, nongovernmental organizations, state government officials, academic experts and other stakeholders are providing input.
Fracking in Michigan: Researchers study potential impact on health, environment, economy (pdf) or  read the story online.

Tom Catania Presents International Energy Agency Workshop Report 2012

Erb Executive in Residence, Tom Catania gave presentation on the evolution of appliance efficiency standards.
Read the report: Policies for Energy-Provider-Delivered Energy Efficiency (pdf)

Nov 15 – Beyond Proposal #3 / Tom Catania

Michigan Energy Club (MEC) lecture by Erb Executive in Residence, Tom Catania: Beyond Proposal #3 – Public Policies that will be required to cost effectively deliver a Smarter, Greener Grid

Time: 6pm
Location:  Dana 1040

Oct 3 – The Battle over Climate Change

Wednesday, October 3rd
4:00 – 5:30 pm
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Betty Ford Classroom (room 1110)

Speaker: Tom Clynes, Award-Winning Writer and Photographer with Popular Science and National Geographic.

Discussion of the growing number of threats and acts of intimidation. Commentary provided by Erb Director,  Andy Hoffman.

Free and open to the public

Sponsored by the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program – Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

More details

Sept 6 – Michigan Energy Forum

5-7 pm at Ann Arbor Spark, East Liberty Street
This session will focus on the November ballot measure which would require a 25% RPS for Michigan utilities by 2025. Panelists representing differing view points will make presentations and answer questions from the audience.
The event is free  and open to the public and will also be simulcast online and available for later viewing on demand.
Details and Registration: http://www.annarborusa.org/events/details?e=11317