Faculty Publications

Title

U.S. public support to climate change initiatives?: Setting stricter carbon dioxide emission limits on power plants

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Handbook of Research on Green Economic Development Initiatives and Strategies

First Page

605

Last Page

624

Abstract

The Obama Administration Climate Action Plan is enforcing goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels by 2020, regulating both stationary and mobile sources of pollution. As energy-related carbon dioxide emissions account for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions, the plan proposed carbon pollution standards for both new and existing plants. Impacts related to upgraded regulations have been projected as both favorable and not, with public and political opinions showing support among some groups and among other interests a concern. The purpose of this chapter is to analyze factors predicting which groups are supportive and non-supportive on setting stricter carbon dioxide emission limits on coal-fired electricity generating power plants. This topic is explored using multivariate regression analysis and individual level data. Findings suggest that comprehension of the policy area and individual financial situation are the most important factors in predicting support for stricter emission limits.

Original Publication Date

6-27-2016

DOI of published version

10.4018/978-1-5225-0440-5.ch0026

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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