The Effect of Politics on the Variation of Renewable Energy and Fossil Fuels
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SubjectsUnited States Energy Production; Fossil Fuels; Renewable Energy; Renewable Portfolio Standard; RPS; Energy
The purpose of this undergraduate research thesis paper is to further understand the relationship of the United States energy production and how politics plays a key role when trying to grasp the concept behind the variation. This thesis will attempt to answer the question of why certain states prefer fossil fuels as the main source of energy and why some states prefer renewable energy. Each state has a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) which indicates the required percentage of energy to be renewable. The relationship of the 2012 presidential voting majorities, RPS percentages for each state, and the amount/type of energy plants within each state become more apparent. This thesis also spotlights states such as California, Oregon, Kentucky, Missouri, Arizona, and West Virginia to further understand why their state may act favorable or unfavorable towards the implementation of renewable energy.
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