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Sustainability 2009, 1(3), 702-721; doi:10.3390/su1030702

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

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
Received: 25 August 2009 / Accepted: 16 September 2009 / Published: 21 September 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy Policy and Sustainability)
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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.
Keywords: renewable electricity; renewable power; public opposition renewable electricity; renewable power; public opposition
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