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2018 - Issue 3

Last week CLOSUP released three new reports: one with time-series data on support for transportation policies (including vehicle fuel economy standards, electric vehicle rebates, and gas tax increases), another that provides a historical deep-dive on California’s regulation of light- and heavy-duty vehicles, and a third highlighting the latest findings on American attitudes about climate change. We link to each of these below and also highlight other research and news from CLOSUP's Energy and Environmental Policy Initiative.

NSEE@10 Report:

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Fuel Economy, Electric Vehicle Rebates, and Gas Taxes: 10 Years of Transportation Policies in the NSEE

This report considers American attitudes about policies aimed at reducing emissions from the transportation sector. Notably, it includes data from Spring 2018 about President Trump’s plans to roll back fuel economy standards.

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New Report:


Federalism and California’s Role in Light-Duty & Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions Standards

CLOSUP Policy Analysts Emily Upton and Thomas Van Heeke provide a detailed account of California vehicle emissions waiver requests for both light- and heavy-duty vehicles.

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NSEE Report:


As Americans Experienced the Warmest May on Record, Their Acceptance of Global Warming Reaches a New High

Data from the latest wave of the National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE) finds record numbers of Americans believe the earth is warming and attribute it at least partially to human activity.


Conference Presentations:


Mills presents research on wind energy at two national conferences

CLOSUP project manager Sarah Mills presented research on state wind energy tax policy at the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, and a project aimed at predicting opposition to windfarm using census data at the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Annual Conference.

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CLOSUP in the Classroom:


Best papers from new Ford School class now online

Highlights include: an analysis of the evolution of renewable portfolio standards in the U.S., a case study of Virginia’s process to join a cap-and-trade program, environmental considerations of prison siting, how the media talks about the provision of off-street parking, and analysis of the politics at play in the Cape Town Water Crisis.

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EEPI In the News:

-Wide coverage of NSEE report on climate attitudes including The Guardian, The Hill, and The Washington Post
- Barry Rabe is quoted in the Financial Times about Scott Pruitt's resignation.
- Michigan Radio and Axios cover NSEE@10 report on carbon pricing
- Sarah Mills' research cited in debate over proposed wind farm

What’s Next for the Energy & Environmental Policy Initiative?

- NSEE@10: 10 Years of Public Opinions on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
- Sarah Mills writes about wind energy in the Michigan Planner
- New Research: Renewable Energy & State Farmland Preservation Policies
- Presentation: University of Michigan and Muhlenberg College researchers present findings from NSEE@10