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Determinants of public opinion on renewable energy : the case of wave energy development in Oregon

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dc.contributor.advisor Steel, Brent S.
dc.creator Stefanovich Petrova, Maria A.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-30T20:54:38Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-30T20:54:38Z
dc.date.copyright 2010-09-09
dc.date.issued 2010-09-30T20:54:38Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/18625
dc.description Graduation date: 2011 en
dc.description.abstract Renewable energy resources, such as wind, solar, and wave, have a number of advantages compared to traditional fossil fuels. Numerous studies attest to the physical potential for wave energy development in Oregon. In transitioning from conventional fossil fuel to alternative energy provision, citizen understanding of the global energy problems and their causes and solutions is believed to be the key for the development of renewable energy. Using a statewide mail survey of 1,200 Oregonians this dissertation provides some insight and understanding about the determinants of public opinion with regards to renewable energy, the role these determinants play in public opinion formulation, and their relative importance in citizen support of or opposition toward wave energy development in Oregon. Citizen environmental values and value orientations, ideology preferences, climate change awareness and energy policy beliefs, familiarity with the technology, energy knowledge, and sociodemographic characteristics are examined. Using multiple regression analyses, the results reveal that several determinants serve as statistically significant predictors of attitudes toward wave energy development. Some of the most important are: familiarity with the technology, agreement with the possibility of increasing energy supplies while protecting the environment, and awareness about rising global temperatures. Some policy and theoretical implications of the findings are discussed and suggestions for further research are proposed. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.relation Explorer Site::Oregon Explorer en
dc.subject Energy Policy en
dc.subject Wave Energy en
dc.subject Renewable Energy en
dc.subject Oregon en
dc.subject Public Opinion en
dc.subject Attitudes en
dc.subject Environmental en
dc.subject Values en
dc.subject Concerns en
dc.subject Information Sources en
dc.subject Knowledge en
dc.subject Familiarity en
dc.subject Global Warming en
dc.subject Climate Change en
dc.subject Energy en
dc.subject Human Dimensions en
dc.subject Public Acceptability en
dc.subject.lcsh Ocean wave power -- Oregon -- Public opinion en
dc.subject.lcsh Renewable energy sources -- Oregon -- Public opinion en
dc.title Determinants of public opinion on renewable energy : the case of wave energy development in Oregon en
dc.type Thesis/Dissertation en
dc.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) in Environmental Science en
dc.degree.level Doctoral en
dc.degree.discipline Graduate School en
dc.degree.grantor Oregon State University en
dc.contributor.committeemember Harte, Michael
dc.contributor.committeemember Lach, Denise
dc.contributor.committeemember Cox, Daniel


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