The Political Effects of the Gulf Oil Spill

Major disasters, like Katrina, often have broad political effects. Columbia political scientist Johannes Urpelainen analyzes on his new blog how the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is likely to affect clean energy politics. Among the interesting points he raises is that it may spoil climate change legislation as offshore drilling rights were a carrot that could be offered to Republican opponents. Go check out his new blog Climate Politics and welcome Johannes to the political science blogosphere.

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