Energy and Political Factors

Energy and Political Factors

Energy decisions are influenced by political factors. These factors include, but are not limited to, governmental structure and power balances, actions taken by politicians, and partisan-based or self-serving actions taken by individuals and groups.

Politics is defined as “the activities associated with the governance of an area.” Citizens elect officials to represent them in government, but citizens often forget the true influence they have. Supreme Court Associate Justice Louis Brandeis said, “The most important political office is that of the private citizen.” Citizen-driven community action is how many major national changes have been accomplished.

Lesson Take Away: 

The true cost of energy is more than just dollars and cents, there are important political factors and consequences to consider as well.

The Ask: 

Encourage decision makers to listen to their constituents and be a constituent who informs decision makers about sustainable energy solutions.

Last Updated: December 20, 2018
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