The American Public's Energy Choice

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dc.contributor.author Konisky, David
dc.contributor.author Ansolabehere, Stephen Daniel
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-15T13:36:58Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Konisky, David and Stephen D. Ansolabehere. 2012. The American public's energy choice. Daedalus 141(2): 61–71. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0011-5266 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1548-6192 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:9738559
dc.description.abstract Public opinion about energy can be understood in a uni½ed framework. First, people evaluate key attributes of energy sources, particularly a fuel’s cost and environmental harms. Americans, for example, view coal as relatively inexpensive but harmful, natural gas as less harmful but more expensive, and wind as inexpensive and not harmful. Second, people place different weights on the economic and environmental attributes associated with energy production, which helps explain why some fuels are more popular than others. Americans’ attitudes toward energy are driven more by beliefs about environmental harms than by perceived economic costs. In addition, attitudes about energy sources are largely unrelated to views about global warming. These findings suggest that a politically palatable way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is through regulation of traditional pollutants associated with fossil fuels, rather than a wholly new carbon policy. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Government en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press en_US
dc.relation.isversionof doi:10.1162/DAED_a_00146 en_US
dash.license LAA
dc.title The American Public's Energy Choice en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Version of Record en_US
dc.relation.journal Daedalus en_US
dash.depositing.author Ansolabehere, Stephen Daniel
dc.date.available 2012-10-15T13:36:58Z

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