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Michael Vandenbergh quoted in Inside Climate News coverage of the Sharm El-Sheikh Climate Implementation Summit

Nov. 11, 2022—Vandenbergh directs Vanderbilt's Climate Change Research Network and co-directs the Energy, Environment and Land Use Program. He stressed the importance of private-sector buy-in on any international plan to reduce carbon emissions and deal with climate change. “Climate change poses an urgent, major threat, so all options, including private sector action, should be on the table,” he said. “It is true that, as a globe, we are not meeting the Paris Agreement terms, but that is not a reason to give up hope or to abandon smart strategies.”

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The Oceans and Geoengineering Policy: Marine-Based Carbon Dioxide Removal Options and International/Domestic Law, a conversation with Wil Burns Nov. 10

Oct. 19, 2022—Mike Vandenbergh, co-director of the Energy, Environment and Land Use Program, will moderate a discussion focusing on the oceans and geoengineering policy featuring Wil Burns, a visiting professor of environmental policy at Northwestern University, and Jonathan Gilligan of Vanderbilt University, at 12:30 p.m. Thusday, Nov. 10, in the Hyatt Room.

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Honoring Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Oct. 10, 2022—his day offers an opportunity to reflect on the history of Indigenous peoples, their rich and diverse traditions and cultures, and their foundational influence on the environment and natural lands.

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Former EPA administrator Carol Browner discusses environmental policy and the work of the Environmental Protection Agency

Sep. 20, 2022—Browner drew on her nearly four decades of experience advising on environmental and energy policies affecting global energy, the environment and public health to discuss with Vandenbergh current action on climate change, including the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act. Vandenbergh worked for Browner as the EPA's chief of staff early in his career.

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Harnessing the Working-from-Home Transition, an opinion piece by Michael Vandenbergh and Sharon Shewmake in The Hill

Sep. 14, 2022—Vandenbergh and Shewmake discuss their research showing the importance of the work-from-home transition for climate policy and recommend that employers include greenhouse gas emissions attributable to employees working from home in reporting their environmental impact.

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The Impact of West Virginia v. EPA: Panel discussion featuring Jim Rossi, J.B. Ruhl, Chris Serkin and Mike Vandenbergh

Sep. 7, 2022—Watch a Sept. 6, 2022, panel discussion featuring energy expert Jim Rossi, environmental regulatory scholars J.B. Ruhl and Mike Vandenbergh, and land use expert Chris Serkin, who address the impact of West Virginia v. EPA on the ability of the federal government to limit greenhouse gas emissions. The discussion was moderated by EELU program director Caroline Cox.

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Former EPA Administrator Carol Browner to deliver inaugural Distinguished Lecture on Climate Change Governance Sept. 19

Sep. 1, 2022—Browner’s lecture is made possible by the Sally Shallenberger Brown EELU Program Fund and sponsored by the Energy, Environment and Land Use Program. Browner became the longest serving EPA administrator in history under President Bill Clinton and was director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy in the Obama administration. She now practices as a senior counsel with Covington & Burling.

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Research by Michael Vandenbergh cited in Fast Company coverage of private eco-labeling system

Jul. 29, 2022—Research by Climate Change Research Network Director Michael Vandenbergh is cited in this Fast Company article about a private eco-labeling system developed by Climate Neutral that certifies carbon-neutral products from businesses that also have a plan in place for future carbon reduction.

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Stephen Owens ’81 nominated to chair the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board

Jul. 21, 2022—Owens has served on the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board since December 2021. He has practiced environmental law in Phoenix, Arizona, and has previously served as the EPA's assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

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J.B. Ruhl discusses implications of West Virginia v. EPA in ClimateWire coverage of the decision’s impact on regulation

Jul. 8, 2022—Ruhl likened the EPA's situation to a Goldilocks scenario, in which the agency must strive to achieve a balance between the Court's finding in 2007 that the EPA wasn’t doing enough to regulate greenhouse gases and its decision in West Virginia v. EPA that it was trying to do too much. “You can’t do nothing just because it’s a big problem, but you can’t do too much because it’s a big problem. So what’s just right?” Ruhl said.

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Michael Vandenbergh discusses how “doomism” is “undercutting our chance to avoid castrophic climate change”

Jul. 1, 2022—In an interview with WPLN public radio reporter Caroline Eggers, Vandenbergh discussed the implications of the Supreme Court decision in West Virginia v. EPA. "We are going to solve this problem," Vandenbergh said. "The opinion...just tells us we're going to have to solve this problem without the Supreme Court's help."

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J.B. Ruhl quoted in Audubon News article about proposed change to the Endangered Species Act

Jun. 24, 2022—Ruhl says that one important theme informing changes to Endangered Species Act programs that "climate change is transforming ecosystems in ways that could make areas outside current and even historical range of a species—and even areas that would not currently be occupiable—occupiable."

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Michael Vandenbergh quoted in Thomson Reuters discussion of how carbon-footprint labels can steer consumers to climate-friendly options

May. 17, 2022—"Climate-friendly cuppa? Carbon footprint labels aim to steer green buying" was posted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation News on May 16, 2022. While carbon labeling is not a panacea, Vandenbergh tells reporter Carey L. Biron that it is "a piece of a much larger system that can function even if the national government process is inadequate."

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Climate Change Research Network scholars Michael Vandenbergh and Jennifer Cole featured on Free Range podcast

May. 4, 2022—Listen to Mike Livermore's interview with Climate Change Research Network director Michael Vandenbergh and social psychologist Jennifer Cole, a post-doctoral fellow of the CCRN, who discuss political polarization and its impact on climate change policy on the Free Range podcast.

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Energy expert Jim Rossi quoted in Missouri Intercept article about the shutdown of gas conglomerate’s pipeline

Apr. 28, 2022—Spire Inc. has lobbied against the replacement of gas-burning appliances with electric ones, considered a crucial step in reducing U.S. carbon emissions, and sued the energy department to keep it from enforcing rules against installing dirty furnaces and boilers. “It’s one thing to share data, info, perspectives. It’s another thing to take a consistent self-interested perspective in lobbying for the gas industry and maybe against other uses of energy," Rossi said.

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Michael Vandenbergh named 2022 Carnegie Fellow to tackle polarization and climate change

Apr. 27, 2022—Vandenbergh's award of $200,000 will support his research into overcoming political polarization to address the causes of climate change and the issues it is creating. He is one of 28 Andrew Carnegie Fellows selected for the 2022 cohort.

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J.B. Ruhl explains how decades-old environmental laws are hampering new “green” infrastructure in NPR interview

Apr. 7, 2022—In an interview with NPR's Planet Money, environmental regulation expert J.B. Ruhl explains how laws like the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, written in the 1970s, are now getting in the way of new green infrastructure development to help address climate change.

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Philip Morel, Class of 2021, Law Clerk, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Mar. 24, 2022—As a law clerk at FERC, Philip Morel works at the intersection of law and energy policy. He joined FERC's Office of Administrative Law Judges as a clerk after graduation.

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Kevin Stack and Michael Vandenbergh receive Levin Center’s 2021 Excellence in Oversight Research Award for their paper, “Oversight Riders”

Jan. 7, 2022—The paper, published in the Notre Dame Law Review, proposes a strategy designed to improve congressional oversight by creating new incentives for compliance with congressional subpoenas.

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Renewed focus on climate change: NewsChannel 5 coverage of Michael Vandenbergh’s strategies for tackling climate change

Jun. 7, 2021—Vandenbergh, who directs the Climate Change Research Network, was interviewed by NewsChannel5 discussing the renewed focus on tackling climate change and reducing greenhouse gasses by 2030.

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