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When Prayer Trumps Politics: The Politics and Demographics of Renewable Portfolio Standards


Joshua P. Fershee


West Virginia University - College of Law

July 1, 2010

William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review, Vol. 35, No. 1, 2010

Abstract:     
This Article seeks to understand who supports renewable energy mandates (and why) by analyzing a variety trends found in political and socio-economic data by state, as well as by state renewable energy opportunities (or the lack of such opportunities). The review finds little shocking in the way of politics: Democratic states tend to favor mandates and Republican states tend not to have mandates. Somewhat surprisingly, the correlations among states with wind and solar resources (as well as most of the demographic data) ranged from limited to inconclusive. In religion, however, a strong trend developed. The states with higher Catholic populations strongly favored renewable energy mandates, and the states with higher non-Catholic Christian populations almost uniformly shunned such mandates.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 82

Keywords: Renewable Energy, RES, RPS, Alternative Energy, Demographics, Catholic, Religion

JEL Classification: Q4, Q42, Q48, D72

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Date posted: January 22, 2011 ; Last revised: April 25, 2012

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Fershee, Joshua P., When Prayer Trumps Politics: The Politics and Demographics of Renewable Portfolio Standards (July 1, 2010). William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review, Vol. 35, No. 1, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1745535

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Joshua Paul Fershee (Contact Author)
West Virginia University - College of Law ( email )
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Morgantown, WV 26506
United States
304-293-2868 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://law.wvu.edu/faculty/full_time_faculty/joshua-p-fershee

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