With the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, the issue of conservative grassroots support for renewable energy has gained new traction. Usually, people rely on deep-held beliefs to make sense of the energy system around them. Progressive proponents of renewable energy regularly base their arguments around environmental facts. However, discussing our common energy future is also a battle of ideas around community, economic well-being and national security. Alexander Franke will present and discuss the role of framing for political support for renewables in both Germany and the US.
Alexander Franke is a research associate at the German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU), where he focuses on energy and climate policy as well as socio-ecological transitions. Alexander completed a postgraduate degree in political science with a specialization on energy transitions and environmental policy at the Free University. He is a fellow of the Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy (ELEEP) Network.