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Public Perceptions of Energy Scarcity and Support for New Energy Technologies: A Western U.S. Case Study

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School of Public Policy, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA
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Department of Political Science, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA
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Energies 2020, 13(1), 238; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13010238
Received: 2 December 2019 / Revised: 21 December 2019 / Accepted: 28 December 2019 / Published: 3 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue End-Users’ Perspectives on Energy Policy and Technology)
This study examines public concern for energy security and support for public investment in new energy technologies. Using household survey data from the western U.S. states of California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, socio-demographic characteristics, environmental values, and policy relevant knowledge are analyzed as drivers of energy security and technology investment orientations. Findings suggest that a majority of respondents in each state believe that not enough money is being spent on energy research, that the country has insufficient energy resources, and that new technologies can support future energy security. Multivariate analyses indicate that some socio-demographic variables (e.g., gender and education), ideology, and environmental value orientations also have an impact on energy security orientations and support for technology investment. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy technology; energy security; public opinion energy technology; energy security; public opinion
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Buylova, A.; Steel, B.S.; Simon, C.A. Public Perceptions of Energy Scarcity and Support for New Energy Technologies: A Western U.S. Case Study. Energies 2020, 13, 238.

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