Exploring and contextualizing public opposition to renewable electricity in the United States

Sovacool, Benjamin K (2009) Exploring and contextualizing public opposition to renewable electricity in the United States. Sustainability, 1 (3). pp. 702-721. ISSN 2071-1050

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Abstract

This article explores public opposition to renewable power technologies in the United States. It begins by discussing the genesis of environmental ethics, or how some Americans have come to place importance on the protection of the environment and preservation of species, ecosystems, and the biosphere. As result, renewable power systems have become challenged on ethical and environmental grounds and are occasionally opposed by local communities and environmentalists. The article finds that, however, such concern may be misplaced. Renewable electricity resources have many environmental benefits compared to power stations fueled by coal, oil, natural gas, and uranium. Opposition towards renewable resources can at times obscure the true costs and risks associated with electricity use and entrench potential racial and class-based inequalities within the current energy system.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Benjamin Sovacool
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2015 19:10
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2017 15:34
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58151

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