What shapes support for energy transition in Alberta, where the economy is heavily dependent on the oil and gas industry? This talk examines how Albertans feel about the shift away from fossil fuels. While research on public attitudes toward climate policy usually points to partisanship as a key factor shaping support for energy transition, in oil and gas economies, other factors become important, such as our beliefs about the future of the industry and our identification with the oil and gas industry. What are the implications of this for the way we design and communicate energy transition policies?
Lori Thorlakson is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics. With Dr. Melanee Thomas, she is the co-PI of the Future Energy Systems project, Assessing Political Pathways of Energy Transition, which examines drivers of public opinion on climate policies in Canadian provinces and the relationship between elite framing of energy issues and public opinion.
This online speaker series is presented in partnership with Future Energy Systems. They focus on multidisciplinary research that develops the energy technologies of today and the near future, integrates them into today’s infrastructure, and examines possible consequences for our society, economy, and environment. Energy Talks provides an opportunity for you to engage with researchers and learn more about their work. Visit their website for more information: https://www.futureenergysystem...
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