The Devil You Know

  • John C. Pierce
  • Brent S. Steel
Part of the Environmental Challenges and Solutions book series (ECAS, volume 8)


This chapter focuses on the intersection of AET tradeoff preferences (i.e., local environmental versus global warming considerations), political orientations, climate change beliefs, and political efficacy. The chapter will begin with a discussion of the role of political orientations in shaping views about climate change and climate change science—in particular, the claims of some that opposition to AET as a replacement for reduced carbon-based fuel use is a political position and not one associated with environmental attitudes themselves. This chapter’s findings suggest that indeed political orientations—more specifically liberal/conservative political ideology--are an important predictor of AET tradeoffs, but fail to erase the impact of the New Ecological Paradigm.


Climate change beliefs Political ideology Postmaterial values New Ecological Paradigm AET value tradeoffs 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John C. Pierce
    • 1
  • Brent S. Steel
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Public Affairs and AdministrationUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA
  2. 2.School of Public PolicyOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

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