Videos & Podcasts
EPIC Director Michael Greenstone and Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board, discussed the state of U.S. climate policy as well as California's ambitious efforts to address the issue on October 4 in downtown Chicago. The conversation was moderated by Juliet Eilperin, senior national affairs correspondent for The Washington Post.
EPIC's first panel event of the 2018-19 academic year featured an expert discussion on climate policy in the U.S. and California, moderated by The Guardian's Emily Holden. The event was part one of a two-part series exploring California's ambitious climate policies.
In this two-part episode, host Jeff McMahon explores a pair of University of Chicago studies on consumer energy behavior. First, McMahon sits down with EPIC’s Koichiro Ito, an assistant professor at Harris Public Policy, for insight on what motivates consumers to conserve energy. Does simple encouragement work? Or do prices need to rise for them to act? Then, McMahon is joined by Bob Rosner, founding co-director of EPIC and a distinguished UChicago physicist and former director of Argonne National Laboratory, and Kathleen Cagney, a sociology professor and director of the Population Research Center at the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at UChicago. The pair discuss the results of their survey examining attitudes toward smart meters and smart grids in low-income neighborhoods in Chicago.
Cynthia Giles talks about her work at the Energy & Environment Lab using social science to make environmental regulations more effective. She is forming partnerships with state regulators to design and test innovative approaches to environmental policy with the goal of figuring out what new ideas work best.
Over the past 15 years, Jennifer Granholm has played an outsized role in U.S. energy policy and politics. From 2003 to 2011, she served as Governor of Michigan, a period during which she navigated her state through the worst U.S. economic crisis since the great depression, and one that she saw as an opportunity to diversify Michigan’s industrial base through energy policy. As a member of President Barack Obama’s transition team in 2009, she helped build the team that would ultimately design and implement many of the president’s key energy and environmental policies. In 2016, she was tapped by the Clinton campaign to replay this role in a prospective Clinton Administration. EPIC Executive Director Sam Ori recently got the chance to sit down with Governor Granholm. They talked about the state of the U.S. auto industry, the Trump administration’s environmental policies, the role of energy and climate issues in the 2016 presidential election, and the future of U.S. energy policy.