Events tagged with "Clean Transportation"

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Wednesday, November 01, 2017
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Location: Weill Hall, Betty Ford Classroom (1110)

CLOSUP Lecture Series

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. 

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.)