Energy & Climate
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.”
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.
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)
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
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
Details and Registration: http://www.annarborusa.org/
Cara Pike of ClimateAccess interviews Erb Director Andy Hoffman about the public debate on climate change. Hoffman touches upon the importance of engaging broker frames– by making it an issue of national security, economic competitiveness, or religious morality: this can allow people to observe how addressing climate change is consistent with their beliefs.
Forbes contributor Josh McQuaid blogs about the politicization of the climate science in “How Climate Change Got Caught in the Culture Wars,” heavily citing Erb Director Andy Hoffman’s article originally published in the Stanford Innovation Review.