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Exploring and Contextualizing Public Opposition to Renewable Electricity in the United States

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  • Benjamin K. Sovacool

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    (Energy Governance Program, Centre on Asia and Globalisation, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, 469C Bukit Timah Road, 259772, Singapore)

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    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.

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    Article provided by MDPI, Open Access Journal in its journal Sustainability.

    Volume (Year): 1 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 702-721

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    Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:1:y:2009:i:3:p:702-721:d:5796

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    Keywords: renewable electricity; renewable power; public opposition;

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    1. Wustenhagen, Rolf & Wolsink, Maarten & Burer, Mary Jean, 2007. "Social acceptance of renewable energy innovation: An introduction to the concept," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 35(5), pages 2683-2691, May.
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    1. Moragues-Faus, Ana M. & Ortiz-Miranda, Dionisio, 2010. "Local mobilisation against windfarm developments in Spanish rural areas: New actors in the regulation arena," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 38(8), pages 4232-4240, August.

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