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Taking Paris Seriously: Measuring Renewable Energy Policy Output in the Americas -- Erin Pischke (with Barry Solomon & ADam Wellstead)
While some countries have made some headway in implementing various plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through use of renewable energy, emissions are still rising and some states remain politically divided on the issue. The number of policies a country uses toward a specific goal only tells part of the story about how well it will be able to achieve those goals. Using the policy output framework outlined by Schaffrin et al. (2015), we conducted a content analysis of federal and state/provincial renewable energy policies in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States from 2000 to 2016. Our results show that countries may be spending resources on producing myriad renewable energy policies without coordination between different levels of government meaning that those resources may be wasted while GHGs continue to rise.
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