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DPE Tuesday Talk – How Vulnerability Shapes Climate Policy Attitudes: The Case of Rising Sea Levels

The earth’s warming climate poses many risks to human beings and other forms of life on earth. Yet solving this building crisis involves a temporal tradeoff: make costly policy changes now to avert the worst future disasters. Existing research suggests that this will be difficult—environmental policy attitudes are stable, polarized, predominantly acquired through partisan elite messaging, and only moderately responsive in the short-term to large shocks like exposure to catastrophic environmental events. But what about susceptibility to climate extremes like rising sea levels that can render entire communities uninhabitable within our lifetimes? Is living in a coastal community that is susceptible to such existential risk associated with stronger support for climate mitigation policies? Using a variety of original and publicly available surveys from 2010 to present, Dr. Reny establishes a clear link between susceptibility to sea-level rise and support for climate mitigation policy, offers evidence for several potential mechanisms, and shows that the results are robust to a variety of methodological and substantive choices. This talk is based on joint work with Andrew Reeves and Dino Christenson at Washington University.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022
12:00 pm − 1:00 pm

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Dr. Reny is assistant professor in the Department of Politics & Government at CGU. His research uses a variety of data sources and empirical approaches to answer salient questions about identity and politics in the U.S. and in Europe.

Dr. Reny