Under Trump, climate change not a national security threat
The Washington Post, feat. Rosina Bierbaum
President Donald Trump removed climate change from the list of worldwide threats menacing the United States on Monday, a shift that underscores the long-term ramifications of the “America first” worldview he laid out in his new National Security Strategy.
The University of Michigan Regents resolved in 1948 that: “...the University of Michigan create a War Memorial Center to explore the ways and means by which the potentialities of atomic energy may become a beneficent influence in the life of man, to be known as the Phoenix Project of the University of Michigan.”
Ethanol worsens climate change, yet EPA demands more of it
Morning Consult, feat. John DeCicco
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt took a trip to Iowa last week to meet with ethanol producers. But the day before he headed to the Hawkeye State, the agency doubled down on the biofuel boondoggle, announcing it would mandate yet another increase in the amount of ethanol forced into our nation’s motor fuel.
In 2016, the University of Michigan emitted 641,000 metric tons, or 1,413,161,420 pounds, of carbon dioxide. This represents approximately 30% of Ann Arbor’s total emissions footprint.
This fall, student teams battled to best conceptualize what 641,000 tons actually looks like during the Energy + competition, which culminated in a judging session this week at the Duderstadt Center. The challenge, offered by the Energy Institute and the Duderstadt Media Commons, sought to demonstrate to students the interconnectedness of energy with the built environment, the climate, and the centrality of energy in society.
Score one for corn: In battle over biofuel, a rare setback for Big Oil
The New York Times, feat. John DeCicco
America’s cars run partly on fuels derived from corn and soy. That’s because of a decade-old federal mandate beloved by Midwestern farmers but opposed by an unusual coalition of oil refiners and environmentalists.
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China signs on to Alaska gas pipeline, but it's far from set
The New York Times, feat. Mark Barteau
The latest push in a decades-long effort to commercialize vast stores of Alaska's natural gas got a boost when the state announced a deal with three Chinese companies. But the $43 billion project is far from reality.