State-Based Effects on Ideology:An Empirical Study of the Relationship of Political Polarization with State Energy Production Share, Per Capita Consumption and Population Density
Arthur J O’Connor*
Wall Street IT and Risk Management Consultant, Doctoral Candidate, Lubin School of Business, Pace University, New York, USA.
- *Corresponding Author:
- Arthur J O’Connor
Wall Street IT and Risk Management Consultant
Doctoral Candidate, Lubin School of Business
Pace University, New York, USA.
Email: [email protected]
Accepted date: April 18, 2013; Published date: April 27, 2013
This empirical study explores state-based, socio-economic dimensions of political polarization. The study
theorizes that, given their surroundings, residents of energy-producing states may be more sympathetic to
the energy industry – and/or have different perceptions on the durability or quality of their immediate natural
ecological environment or the cost/benefit of fossil fuel dependency – than residents in more densely populated states. The study provides new insights into the personal incentives and cognitive biases underlying political environmentalism, and shows emerging evidence of the mitigating effects of broad-based national initiatives to promote renewable energy.