The Carbon-Climate Cleavage and American Politics
Eggers Hall, 220
A talk with Thomas Oatley about America's dual economy and the climate crisis intersecting to shape American politics. Carbon-intensive industries in the interior are exposed to the short-run costs of decarbonization but insulated from the climate crisis. In contrast, knowledge-intensive industries along the coasts are directly exposed to the climate crisis but largely immune to the costs of decarbonization. This interaction between the dual economy and the climate crisis has generated a new axis of political conflict in which climate change policy is a focal point. Using data on economic geography, political attitudes on climate change policy, and support for Trump in the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, Oatley describes the dual economy and climate crisis intersection and show the extent to which this cleavage aligns with support Trump and opposition to climate change policy.
Thomas Oatley holds the Corasaniti-Zondorak Chair of International Relations at Tulane University.
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