The CLOSUP Energy & Environmental Policy Initiative
CLOSUP's Energy and Environmental Policy Initiative (EEPI), launched in the fall of 2012, is a program of coordinated activities designed to bring the latest academic knowledge to bear on issues of energy, environment, and climate policy. Through a combination of research projects, events, classroom activities, and publications, EEPI seeks to inform policy-relevant discussions among policymakers and other stakeholders with new research findings.
Under the direction of professor Barry Rabe at CLOSUP, and professor Christopher Borick at Muhlenberg College, one core set of research activities in the EEPI is a series of ongoing surveys of American public opinion, conducted jointly by CLOSUP and the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion (MCIPO). Originally known as the National Survey of American Public Opinion on Climate Change, as of fall 2012 this program of research has been renamed the National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE). NSEE will include twice-per-year surveys in the spring and fall focused on climate change and a wide range of related issues under the EEPI umbrella.
CLOSUP's Fracking Project, part of the wider Energy and Environmental Policy Initiative (EEPI), launched in the fall 2012 with a survey on fracking in Michigan and Pennsylvania, part of the National Surveys on Energy and Environment. The CLOSUP Fracking Project includes survey research, case studies, web-based information resources, policy events, and more, with the goal of informing policy debate around the issue of hyrdraulic fracturing for natural gas, more commonly known as "fracking."
For more information on the CLOSUP Energy & Environmental Policy Initiative, contact CLOSUP staff at 734-647-4091 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Highlighted EEPI Publications
See Prof. Barry Rabe's chapter "A New Era in States’ Climate Policies?" in the new book by CQ Press and edited by Yael Wolinsky-Nahmias.
Changing Climate Politics: US Policies and Civic Action is available from the CQ Press store and Amazon.
See the recent article by Prof. Barry Rabe in the journal Governance: "The Durability of Carbon Cap-and-Trade Policy"
Energy & Environmental Policy Initiative in the News: Recent Coverage
- Chico News and Review: Americans: Global warming is legit: Recent survey reveals 70 percent of U.S. residents believe it’s real, Nov 19, 2015
- Carbon Tax Center: Two-thirds of Americans accept that global warming is occurring, including 56% of Republicans, Nov 16, 2015
- Voice of America: Kerry: Task Force to Integrate Climate Threats, Foreign Policy, Nov 10, 2015
- Wisconsin Public Radio, the Joy Cardin Show: A Look At President Obama's Rejection Of The Keystone Pipeline, Nov 10, 2015
- Newsweek: After Keystone Rejection, Climate Politics Are Just Heating Up, Nov 7, 2015
- Environmental Defense Fund: Texas’ Attorney General, Governor Could Learn from Fellow Republicans on Clean Power Plan, Nov 5, 2015
- Greenwire: 2 polls show support for U.S. action on climate, Nov 5, 2015
- Nextgen Climate Action: Measuring Pope Francis’ Climate Impact, Nov 5, 2015
- ClimateWire: More evangelicals warm up to the notion of climate change -- poll, Nov 4, 2015
- UN Dispatch: THE “FRANCIS EFFECT” IS REAL, Nov 4, 2015
Energy & Environmental Policy Initiative Resources
- See the Energy & Environmental Policy Initiative home page
- See the National Surveys on Energy and Environment home page
- See the Fracking Project home page