Climate and energy policy in the United States : the battle of ideas

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How have different ways of framing climate change influenced the policy-making process in the United States? Frames related to energy security and green growth/economy have been most prominent in the agenda of the Obama administration and the Democratic Party. Pairing climate change with other concerns is thought to increase support from constituencies not traditionally concerned with environmental problems and to overcome debates over science. However, the way in which these two frames have been presented allows for other concerns to override climate considerations, and eventually the climate message loses its potency. Support for climate legislation is more likely to increase through more tailored messages that re-emphasise the effects of climate change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)593-609
JournalEnvironmental Politics
Issue number4
Early online date23 Jul 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • United States
  • climate policy
  • energy policy
  • framing
  • energy security
  • green economy


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