BEYOND THE CLIMATE SCIENCE WARS: ELITE FRAMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY CONFLICT

2019-06-10T20:55:12Z (GMT) by Heather A W Cann
Stakeholders involved in debates around climate-energy policy shape public conversations through different “frames”: message units that strategically emphasize particular aspects of an issue while downplaying others. I investigate the presence of frames within climate change discourse and their political influence in the creation of climate-energy policies. Findings suggest that science frames may play a limited role when it comes to the development of actual climate policy at the state level, and importantly, that the strategic use of issue frames was able to level the playing field between environmental advocates and historically dominant industry actors. This work thus contributes to ongoing debates in the climate change framing literature by considering the “real world” of political communication coupled with an on-the-ground policy conflict.