The politics of climate change

Smoke stack expelling plumes of smokeAs the world attempts to shift away from fossil fuel use, the need for alternative forms of energy is growing. But this transition does not come without major growing pains — especially in the politics surrounding the implementation of new technologies or energy policies. Hanna Breetz, an Arizona State University senior sustainability scientist and School of Sustainability assistant professor, studies the political economy of alternative energy and co-authored a journal article about the subject, "Politics in the U.S. energy transition: Case studies of solar, wind, biofuels and electric vehicles policy." Breetz co-write the article in 2017 with Leah Stokes of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Stokes was recently interviewed about the research by the Niskanen Center in an article called "When and Where can Climate Policy Succeed?" "...[W]hat we wanted to do here was really think about the climate crisis, the big challenge of changing the way that we do our energy systems in the United States and of course that will spill over to how other countries manage their energy systems," Stokes said about the journal article. "We wanted to understand, well, what are the policies driving this transition and what are the kind of politics that play out?" Breetz's and Stokes's journal article is available for free on ScienceDirect.