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Make fossil fuels great again? : The Paris agreement, Trump, and the US fossil fuel industry

  • Theoretical advances suggest that international governance in general and the Paris Agreement in particular provide a strong signal guiding sociotechnical systems toward decarbonization. We assess this signal and its effects empirically, by examining the struggle of competing narratives as present in the communications of leading US fossil fuel industry associations and companies. The results are then discussed in the context of the national and international climate and energy policy debates in a study period from late 2014 until the announcement of withdrawal from the Paris Agreement in June 2017. We find that the Paris Agreement has institutionalized a narrative paradigm that is surprisingly resilient. While the election of Donald TrumpTheoretical advances suggest that international governance in general and the Paris Agreement in particular provide a strong signal guiding sociotechnical systems toward decarbonization. We assess this signal and its effects empirically, by examining the struggle of competing narratives as present in the communications of leading US fossil fuel industry associations and companies. The results are then discussed in the context of the national and international climate and energy policy debates in a study period from late 2014 until the announcement of withdrawal from the Paris Agreement in June 2017. We find that the Paris Agreement has institutionalized a narrative paradigm that is surprisingly resilient. While the election of Donald Trump and his climate and energy policy led to a narrative shift in the coal industry, the oil and gas industry remained conspicuously silent in its immediate response and maintained its narrative strategies despite its alignment with the Paris Agreement.show moreshow less

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Document Type:Peer-Reviewed Article
Author:Lukas Hermwille, Lisa Sanderink
Year of Publication:2019
Language:English
Source Title (English):Global environmental politics
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1162/glep_a_00526
Volume:19
Issue:4
First Page:45
Last Page:62
Division:Energie-, Verkehrs- und Klimapolitik
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Politik