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Tim Profeta (Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions) rounds up the energy and environmental news of the week. This week, Profeta takes onTrump's nomination of Kathleen Hartnett White, a former Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) commissioner, to serve as head of the Council on Environmental Quality; backlash at Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry over his proposal that FERC establish reliability and resilience pricing for certain power plants in regional trading organization markets; and the approval of Atlantic Coast, Mountain Valley pipelines.
Tim Profeta (Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions) recaps the environmental and energy news of the week. Profeta takes on the Trump administration's call to repeal the Clean Power Plan, which sets state-by-state carbon reduction targets for power plants, to be repealed, the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be the deputy administrator of the EPA and how in light of EPA administrator Scott Pruitt's calls to end renewable credits, a new study also finds that the oil industry depends on government subsidies.
The Fuqua School of Business was named one of the seven best business schools in the country that is responding to climate change by offering MBA programs on sustainability, renewable energy and clean technology innovation. Fuqua offers two environmentally-focused MBA options: the three-year joint MBA and Master of Environmental Management or the MBA concentration in Energy & Environment. EDGE managing director Katie Kross says both trajectories “help students understand not only the energy sector writ large, but also how energy and environmental sustainability issues will affect businesses in all industries in coming decades.”
What's the latest in environment and energy news of the week? Tim Profeta (Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions) gives us the rundown. This week Profeta takes on: the implications of Dept. of Energy Secretary Rick Perry's letter to FERC in order to change its rules to help coal and nuclear plants compete in wholesale power markets, reshaping the electricity market; EPA proposal to repeal the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, which sets state-by-state carbon reduction targets for power plants; and carbon dioxide emissions are flat for the third consecutive year.
Is the burning of more biogenic/biomass energy sources a way to clean up carbon dioxide emissions? Former dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment Bill Schlesinger clears up misconceptions on the idea that biomass is a carbon-neutral source of energy in this latest edition of "Citizen Scientist."
In this blog, Soli Shin (MEM '18) discusses the highlights from the two conferences she visited back-to-back on the West Coast: GreenBiz.com’s VERGE 17 in Santa Clara, California, and the annual Environmental Grantmakers Association Retreat in Seattle, Washington. Check out Soli's hot takes from the conferences!
In his latest blog, Alex Rudee (MEM ’18) discusses how author, journalist, scholar and activist McKibben is a guiding star for a new generation of the environmental movement and inspired the namesake and mission of Alex's blog. Alex also recaps McKibben’s primetime lecture on “Climate Crisis/Climate Hope” at the Divinity School in September, as well as an informal conversation he held earlier that afternoon with a small group of students.
Duke Global launched the India Initiative with a talk by Duke professor Mike Bergin, a co-director of the new program. Bergin spoke about his recent research on air pollution's impact on solar energy production in India--which is leading to further exploration of the interplay between poor sanitation and poor air quality, and how they collectively affect human health, both mental and physical. As a co-director of the Duke India Initiative, Bergin hopes this research and other activities across campus will contribute to a wider conversation about India. Co-directors Sumathi Ramaswamy and Marc Deshusses said the initiative aims to create an intellectual community and to promote research and learning activities that bring students, faculty and Indian partners together. The initiative is currently accepting proposals for faculty-led projects and activities that will support the initiative's mission on campus. Proposals are due September 29.
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