Friday, April 21, 2017

Why drivers own light trucks over cars

University of Michigan News, feat. Michael Sivak

A new national survey from the University of Michigan explores why consumers choose to drive SUVs, pick-ups, vans and minivans over cars, even though these so-called "light trucks" generally demonstrate lower fuel economy than passenger cars.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Is Trump’s war on fuel economy really going to hurt the environment and save jobs?

UPROXX, feat. John DeCicco

Unless something major comes out of the investigations into the Trump campaign’s affiliation with Russia, it’s likely that Donald Trump’s first term will be judged primarily on his wins and losses. But while the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare went up in smoke, Trump has racked up wins on the job creation front, and he clearly has his eyes set on more.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Diversity dividends: The economic value of grassland species for carbon storage

University of Michigan News, feat. Brad Cardinale

A collaboration of scientists has developed one of the first models to assign a dollar value to the loss or gain of species in an ecosystem. The new work offers an economic argument for preserving biodiversity.

The findings were published April 5 in Science Advances. The lead author of the paper is Bruce Hungate of Northern Arizona University. University of Michigan ecologist Bradley Cardinale is a co-author.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Is energy storage the next job creator?

E&E EnergyWire, feat. Mark Barteau

Could the energy storage industry fabricate some of the "thousands and thousands of jobs" that President Trump says he wants?

The short answer from insiders is yes. But whether those jobs arrive during his administration or are delayed or lost to Asia will depend in part on decisions Trump makes on trade, energy, transportation and infrastructure.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Trump just approved the Keystone XL pipeline

Climate Central, feat. Andrew Hoffman

President Trump signed an executive order on Friday greenlighting the Keystone XL pipeline after it cleared State Department review to bring tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast.

Friday, March 24, 2017

This summer, an instructional team of battery experts from industry and the University of Michigan will teach a short course in battery manufacturing. The course runs from June 19-22.

The program outline is listed below with a brief description of the topics and learning objectives that will be covered.  Course instructors are experts in the various aspects of battery manufacturing, with extensive real-world expertise. The classroom instruction will be complimented with hands-on instruction in the Battery Lab at the University of Michigan. The cost for this course is $1500. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

The ‘job-killing’ fiction behind Trump’s retreat on fuel economy standards

Yale Environment 360, by John DeCicco

Monday, March 20, 2017

When President Trump traveled to Michigan last week to announce that his administration will reevaluate (and almost certainly weaken) a key environmental achievement of the past decade —new fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for cars and light trucks — he alleged that “industry-killing regulations” had contributed to a loss of jobs in the U.S. automobile sector. The truth is, however, that there is no factual basis for the claim that stricter standards have killed jobs. There is, however, abundant evidence that these regulations have saved Americans billions of dollars at the pump, bolstered U.S. energy independence, fostered automotive innovation, and led to major reductions in air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Trump budget blueprint eviscerates energy programs

Climate Central, feat. Mark Barteau

The White House’s proposed “America First” budget forcefully kicks many federal climate-related energy programs to the curb, representing a possible turn away from renewable energy and a broad disinvestment in the research and development needed to transform the U.S. energy system into one better able to adapt to climate change.

Friday, March 10, 2017

What’s driving Exxon’s big Gulf Coast investments?

The Christian Science Monitor, feat. UMEI shale gas report and Barry Rabe

Friday, March 03, 2017

Out-of-this-world research in new ACS journal

American Chemical Society, feat. Joel Blum

Coming soon from ACS Publications, the new, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal ACS Earth and Space Chemistry aims to unite the diverse and global community of scientists who explore the complex chemical nature of materials and processes that occur on Earth, within our solar system, and in the universe beyond. The journal will encompass high-impact basic and applied research in the fields of geochemistry, atmospheric and marine chemistry, 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Stabilizing battery storage

University of Michigan News, feat. Melanie Sanford

An issue that has long plagued renewable energy facilities is how to efficiently store energy collected from sun or wind.

Now, University of Michigan and University of Utah chemists have developed an energy-storing molecule that is 1,000 times more stable than current compounds, potentially leading to a longer-lived, more efficient battery.