Seven suppositions about energy security in the United States

Sovacool, Benjamin K (2011) Seven suppositions about energy security in the United States. Journal of Cleaner Production, 19 (11). pp. 1147-1157. ISSN 0959-6526

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Changing the patterns of energy use requires investigating how energy consumers – not experts – conceive of energy challenges. This article explores the varying beliefs, attitudes, and views on energy security in the United States among experts and residents. Based primarily on an academic literature review to distill expert views, and a survey distributed to hundreds of residents in the U.S. to capture consumer views, the study begins by explaining its methodology before identifying seven suppositions related to energy security. These suppositions involve security of fuel supply, energy democracy, energy research and development, affordability of energy services, environmental pollution, and climate change adaptation and mitigation. The second section of the study tests these suppositions with a survey distributed to 427 respondents in the United States. Three suppositions are supported, two are unsupported, and two are neither supported nor unsupported. The final section of the study offers implications for U.S. energy policy and scholarship.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Benjamin Sovacool
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2015 08:12
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2016 15:07
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