Business Battles in the US Energy Sector: Lessons for a Clean Energy Transition - Routledge Studies in Energy Policy (Hardback)Christian Downie (author)
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This book is ground breaking in its study of business actors in climate and energy politics. While various studies have demonstrated the influence of business actors across multiple policy domains, this is the first to examine the behaviour of business actors in energy centric sectors in the US that will be vital for achieving a clean energy transition, namely the oil, gas, coal, utility and renewable industries.
Drawing on almost 80 interviews with senior energy executives, lobbyists and policymakers, it asks two central questions: (i) how and why are business actors shaping energy policy contests in the US? And (ii) what are the implications for policymakers? In answering these questions, this book provides new insights about the preferences and strategies of business in the energy sector, and significantly, it identifies strategies for policymakers seeking to regulate energy in the face of political resistance from incumbent fossil fuel industries.
This book will be of particular value to students, scholars and policymakers working in the fields of energy, climate, and environmental politics, as well as individuals generally interested in the role that business exerts over policy processes.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 216
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
"Despite mounting evidence of catastrophic climate change, some fossil fuel industries continue to resist the green energy revolution. Christian Downie's excellent book provides a succinct analysis of the climate policy battles within the US energy sector. Anyone who wants to know how to overcome corporate resistance should read this book!" -- Robert Falkner, Associate Professor of International Relations and Research Director, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, LSE, UK
"This very well written volume provides a detailed examination of the fascinating corporate struggles and strategies to shape environmental policy in America. It tells the story of a crucial but frequently overlooked part of the climate discussion and how the energy industry has shaped its regulatory framework." -- Simon Dalby, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Canada
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