Research Questions

Block Island Wind Farm


RQ1) Does opposition to, or support for, large wind and solar projects translate into votes for or against incumbent politicians who play key roles in determining the location of renewable energy projects? Are electoral gains and losses conditional on the incumbent’s political party?

RQ2) Do political ideology and partisanship affect individual support for large-scale wind and solar project development? Do partisans prioritize different considerations when evaluating the impacts of wind and solar development?


Relevant Publications

Oksan Bayulgen, Carol Atkinson-Palombo, Mary Buchanan, & Lyle Scruggs. (2021) Tilting at windmills? Electoral repercussions of wind turbine projects in Minnesota. Energy Policy. DOI:  10.1016/j.enpol.2021.112636

Oksan Bayulgen. (2020). Localizing the energy transition: Town-level political and socio-economic drivers of clean energy in the United States. Energy Research & Social Science. DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2019.101376

Oksan Bayulgen & and Salil Benegal. (2019) Green Priorities: How economic frames affect perceptions of renewable energy in the United States. Energy Research & Social Science. DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2018.08.017

Talbot M. Andrews, Andrew W. Delton, & Reuben Kline. Who do you trust? Inefficiency Incentives in Climate Change Mitigation. (2022) Journal of Politics. DOI: 10.1086/720650

Talbot M. Andrews, Reuben Kline, Yanna Krupnikov, & John Barry Ryan. (2022) Too many ways to help: How to promote climate change mitigation behaviors. Journal of Environmental Psychology. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2022.101806

Talbot M. Andrews and John Barry Ryan. (2021). Preferences for prevention: People assume expensive problems have expensive solutions. Risk Analysis. 1-26. DOI: 10.1111/risa.13754

Talbot M. Andrews and Oleg Smirnov. (2020) Who feels the impacts of climate change? Global  

“Correcting misinformation about climate change: the impact of partisanship in an experimental setting” Climatic Change 148(1/2), 2018: 61-80. (with Salil Benegal)

“Economic Conditions and Public Opinion on Climate Change” Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication, Oxford University Press 2016 (1-29) (with Salil Benegal)

“Declining Public Concern about Climate Change: Can We Blame the Great Recession?” Global Environmental Change. 22 (2), 2012:505-515 (with Salil Benegal)