Learn about efforts to address the more than 35 gigatons of global emissions annually by developing and commercializing the $1 trillion market for carbon dioxide (CO2) products. The Global CO2 Initiative awards research and development funding to innovative technologies, invests in commercial-stage companies, and accelerates the adoption of CO2 products using recycled carbon dioxide.
Climate of Capitulation: An Insider’s Account of State Power in a Coal Nation
Vivian E. Thomson, Former Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences and Politics, University of Virginia
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
10:00 am to 11:30 am
About the lecture:
Vivian Thomson will offer an insider’s account of how power is wielded in environmental policy making at the state level. Drawing on her experience as a former member of Virginia’s State Air Pollution Control Board, she narrates cases in Alexandria, Wise, and Roda that involved coal and air pollution. She identifies a “climate of capitulation” —a deeply rooted favoritism toward coal and electric utilities in state air pollution policies. Thomson links Virginia’s climate of capitulation with campaign finance patterns, a state legislature that depends on outsiders for information and bill drafting, and a political culture that tends toward inertia. She extends her analysis to fifteen other coal states and recommends reforms aimed at mitigating ingrained biases toward coal and electric utility interests.
Location: Ann Arbor District Library, Freespace (3rd Floor)
Worried about climate change? Wondering how you can make a real difference? Come to the monthly meeting of the Ann Arbor chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL). CCL is a national, grassroots organization working to enact federal legislation to put a price on CO2. Our meetings consist of dialing in to a national conference call (featuring different guest speakers each month), followed by local discussion of actions.
Monday, December 04, 2017 to Friday, December 08, 2017
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
2017 Theme: Energy + Emissions Contest
Student Challenge: Create a tangible visualization of the amount of carbon emissions created by the University of Michigan in the year 2016: 641,000 metric tons, or 1,413,161,420 pounds, of carbon dioxide. This represents approximately 30% of Ann Arbor’s total emissions footprint. (For more detail about U-M’s GHG emissions, see this report.)