Energy & Climate
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.”
The ‘How’ In the Climate Debate (html)
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.”
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