This report highlights some notable trends in consumer views about the link between energy use and the environment as observed over the 17 quarterly survey samples analyzed to date, from Fall 2013 through Fall 2017. Not only do a rising number of Americans say that energy use affects the environment “a lot,” but a significantly growing portion of the population believes that global warming is the aspect of the environment most affected by energy use. That’s a view now held by 36% of U.S. consumers, compared to 25% when the survey started in Fall 2013.
Howes: Trump trade war threatens unintended consequence
The Detroit News, feat. Ellen Hughes-Cromwick
In his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump touted the fact that “many car companies are now building and expanding plants in the United States — something we have not seen in decades. Very soon, auto plants and other plants will be opening up all over the country.”
States want to counter Trump on climate. It's a struggle
E&E Climatewire, feat. Barry Rabe
Climate hawks shifted their focus from Washington, D.C., to state capitals in the wake of President Trump's 2016 victory, hoping state lawmakers might usher in the types of carbon reduction strategies the federal government could not.
But more than a year later, state climate action remains stuck in neutral, and the prospects for victory in 2018 remain far from certain.
For Christi Mulkey, a Texas businesswoman, government fuel-economy rules are more than dry numbers and technical jargon. Money saved from the improved efficiency of her truck fleet improves her bottom line and helps pay for richer employee bonuses.
Experts: Clock is ticking to cut back greenhouse gas emissions
Midwest Energy News, feat. Steve Skerlos and Sarang Supekar
Only a short time remains for the electric and automotive industries to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions in order to limit climate change for the rest of this century, according to reports released last fall.
New vice president for research looks to find opportunities for growth
The Battalion, feat. Mark Barteau
Mark Barteau, professor of chemical engineering from the University of Michigan, will find a home in Aggieland this semester, beginning his new roles as professor and vice president for research at Texas A&M in mid-February.
Electric eels, which slither along the muddy bottoms of ponds and streams in the Amazon and Orinoco river basins of South America, can cause a shock powerful enough to knock a horse off its feet. Their power comes from cells called electrocytes that discharge when the eel is hunting or feels threatened.
U-M Energy Institute Director Dr. Mark Barteau will leave U-M to join Texas A&M University as Vice President of Research, effective February 15. Dr. Bart Bartlett, Associate Professor of Chemistry in U-M’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and the Energy Institute’s Associate Director for Science and Technology, will serve as Interim Director.
The U-M Office of Research (UMOR) has convened a team of faculty from across campus to mount a search for the next Director.
Alaska may open up again for oil leasing, but risks linger
Associated Press, feat. Mark Barteau
President Donald Trump’s plan to open America’s oceans to petroleum drilling drew condemnation from West Coast and Florida governors but was welcomed in the state where most lease sales could be held.
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, an independent facing re-election this year, embraced Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s proposed 19 lease sales in the state, including six in the potentially oil rich but environmentally sensitive Arctic Ocean waters.