environmental politics

Teaching Environmental Political Economy: My Experience with a Graduate Seminar

December 30, 2015 by Johannes Urpelainen

Environment and energy are key themes across the social sciences. Rapid economic and population growth generate major global problems, such as climate change, and mitigating them depends on a sophisticated understanding of behavioral obstacles to sustainable societies.[read more]

Is Research a Climate Change Placebo, or Possibly Even Worse?

April 2, 2015 by Jim Baird

Do Calls for Research Delay Climate Action?


It is my contention that research expenditures in general are not being governed by sound scientific understanding and further experience tells me politicians prefer to spend money on research even though it may be folly, rather than on effective action because the latter invariably is more expensive.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "What is the Environmental Platform of the Republican Party? I Don’t Know Either."

March 28, 2015 by Jared Anderson

The GOP and Environmental Policy

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is among the few members of the Republican Party in Congress who are willing to admit that climate change is real and must be addressed. He is encouraging his fellow Republicans to have an open debate on the issue.[read more]

Illinois Legislators Pledge Support for EPA's Proposed Carbon Regulations

December 14, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

EPA and State Political Support

While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sorts through the more than 1.6 million comments received on its proposed Clean Power Plan, one group is stepping out to pledge its support of the landmark proposal. 53 Illinois legislators recently signed a letter urging the EPA to finalize the plan.[read more]

Under the Republican Congress, All Environmental Politics Will Be Local

November 14, 2014 by Steven Cohen

Our environmental laws and regulations should certainly be updated to reflect new technologies and the emerging global economy. But when basic environmental science is questioned or ignored, it is difficult to imagine that we will see significant progress at the federal level.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'It's Got to Be the Dumbest Answer I've Ever Heard'

November 8, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Science and Public Opinion

“I’m not a scientist,” had emerged as go-to messaging on climate change in the run-up to midterm elections. Essentially, the response means “I’m not going to talk about this issue,” but climate change has already come up in several political debates around the US.[read more]

Hans Noel: How Ideology Affects US Climate Policy

February 26, 2014 by Evan Juska

Party and Climate Policy

Ideological polarization in Congress reached a record high last year, putting the brakes on new legislation to address most issues, including climate change. In this interview, Georgetown political scientist Hans Noel explains how it happened, and whether or not it can be fixed.[read more]

The Politics of Renewable Energy

January 29, 2014 by James Bushnell

Renewable Energy and Politics

I found the recent NY Times article on the shifting politics of renewable energy morbidly fascinating on both a political and economic level. My reaction was that the Times seems to have found a collection of Republicans who want to support renewable energy for all the wrong reasons.[read more]

After Forty Years, Politicians Still Understand Little About Energy

October 23, 2013 by Peter Z. Grossman

It was forty years ago this month that America’s first national energy crisis began, and it therefore seems like a good time to consider what policymakers have learned about energy over the past four decades. The answer is discouraging: Very little.[read more]

IPCC Report: Deepening Democracy

October 4, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

Recently, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change presented the first of four assessments, this one taking stock of the physical science of the climate system. The report’s reception and promotion highlights challenges that arise when expertise meets politics.[read more]


Energy Bill: UK Energy Sector Feels Like It Is Waiting for Godot

July 29, 2013 by David Thorpe

The British Government's Energy Bill is currently in the committee stage in the House of Lords. Together with the prior consultations it has taken years to get to this point and will continue snaking through parliamentary procedure for a few months yet.[read more]

The Top 9 Stories in Environmental Politics of 2009

December 30, 2009 by Tim Hurst

From Copenhagen to Climategate, 2009 was a busy year for those of us at ecopolitology and anyone else interested in environmental politics. Here’s a rundown of what we saw as the year’s biggest environmental politics stories. Enter the gallery → Related posts: Environmental Politics on Twitter: Who to Follow Environmental Group...[read more]