Keep quiet on climate: Assessing public response to seven renewable energy frames in the Western United States

  title={Keep quiet on climate: Assessing public response to seven renewable energy frames in the Western United States},
  author={Shawn Olson Hazboun and Michael D. Briscoe and Jennifer E. Givens and Richard S. Krannich},
  journal={Energy Research \& Social Science},
Abstract Support for renewable energy is often solicited by leveraging concern about environmental problems such as climate change. However, the environment – and especially climate change – is hyper-polarized amongst the American public, and non-environmental justifications for renewable energy may resonate more broadly. Using a 2016 mail survey of individuals living in five states in the Rocky Mountain region of the U.S., we examine predictors of public approval of renewable energy usage… 
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