Public Opinion

Featured in Statehouse Report

I had the pleasure of speaking with Lindsay Street, a reporter from the Statehouse Report here in South Carolina, about my book. Here is the full article

Environmental Policymaking Book

It’s here! For more information see the Taylor & Francis website. It can be ordered from Routledge, where you can also request an exam copy, and from Amazon. Finally, you can see a preview through Google Books.

Environmental Policymaking in an Era of Climate Change

As the world considers how to deal with the impacts of a changing climate, it’s vital that we understand the ways in which the United States’ policymaking process addresses environmental issues. A mix of existing theory and original analysis, …

'Hot Rocks that Shoot Ghost Bullets': Native American Perceptions of a Nuclear Waste Facility.

Environmental justice concerns are raised when environmental risks and hazards are inequitably distributed across society. Native American populations have long been at the center of environmental justice disputes, however relatively little …

Partisanship, Information, and Public Opinion about Yucca Mountain

The knowledge deficit model posits that differences in opinions between experts and the mass public about sci- entifically and technically complex issues can be over- come by providing information to the public. Using a na- tionwide sample of the US …

Reconsidering the Relationship Between Cultural Theory, Political Ideology, and Political Knowledge

Social scientists from a variety of disciplines have employed concepts drawn from cultural theory (CT) to explain preferences across an array of issues. Recent research has challenged key elements of CT in a number of ways, perhaps most importantly …

Weather, Climate and Worldviews: The Sources and Consequences of Public Perceptions of Changes in Local Weather Patterns

In this paper we analyze the changes Americans perceive to be taking place in their local weather, and test a series of hypotheses about why they hold these perceptions. Using data from annual nationwide surveys of representative samples of the …

Reversing Nuclear Opposition: Evolving Public Acceptance of a Permanent Nuclear Waste Disposal Facility

Nuclear facilities have long been seen as the top of the list of locally unwanted land uses (LULUs), with nuclear waste repositories generating the greatest opposition. Focusing on the case of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in southern New …

Public Opinion

With the public opinion facet of my work, I am interested in how values (ideological, cultural) influence the ways in which individuals process information, understand risks, and develop preferences for (or against) government action with regard to energy and environmental issues. Click on the Public Opinion tag below to see publications, working papers, and other materials related to my public opinion work.