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Short Circuiting Policy: Interest Groups and the Battle Over Clean Energy and Climate Policy in the American States

Leah Cardamore Stokes

Abstract

Short Circuiting Policy examines clean energy policies to understand why US states are not on track to meet the climate crisis. After two decades of leadership, American states are slipping in their commitment to transition away from dirty fossil fuels toward cleaner energy sources, including wind and solar. The author argues that organized combat between advocate and opponent interest groups is central to explaining why US states have stopped expanding and even started weakening their renewable energy policies. Fossil fuel companies and electric utilities played a key role in spreading climat ... More

Keywords: climate change, climate policy, climate politics, energy policy, energy politics, renewable energy policy, clean energy policy, renewable portfolio standard, net metering, climate denial

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190074258
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190074258.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leah Cardamore Stokes, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, UC-Santa Barbara