Category Archives: energy policy

Assembling a Strong Coalition for Local Climate Action

On August 19-20, the Great March for Climate Action passed through my hometown, Iowa City, Iowa. The March, which seeks to inspire action to resolve the climate crisis, began in Los Angeles, California, on March 1, 2014, and has now … Continue reading

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Normal Accidents and the True Costs of Energy

Note: A slightly different version of this essay can be found at: Jim Throgmorton, “The True Cost of Energy,” Iowa City Press-Citizen (April 13, 2011), 10A. For the past month the Japanese people have been struggling to recover from the … Continue reading

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If Germany, Why Not Here?

For three weeks in June 1999 I participated in a German Studies Seminar along with 25 other American scholars and professionals. Sponsored by the German-American Fulbright Commission, this seminar focused on environmental protection and alternative sources of energy. It was … Continue reading

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Reasoning Together about Climate Change

For a slightly different version, see Jim Throgmorton. 2009. “Facing climate change.” Iowa City Press-Citizen (August 12): 11A. A few days ago I read an article in the New York Times about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IGPCC). Andrew … Continue reading

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Minorities and Energy: A Review of Recent Findings and a Guide to Future Research

James A. Throgmorton and M. Bernard III. 1986. In Proceedings of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s 1986 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings Vol. VII. Washington: American Council for an Energy- Efficient Economy: 260-280. This report discusses … Continue reading

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Section 210 of PURPA as Seen from a National Policy Implementation Perspective

James A. Throgmorton.1984. In R.W. Lawton (ed.), Proceedings of the Fourth NARUC Biennial Regulatory Information Conference. Columbus: National Regulatory Research Institute: 445-467. This paper articulated and applied a “national public policy implementation” theoretical framework. Building upon that framework, the paper … Continue reading

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Passion, Reason, and Power: The Rhetorics of Electric Power Planning in Chicago

J. A. Throgmorton. 1990. The Journal of Architectural and Planning Research 7, 4 (Winter): 330-350. This paper describes, justifies, and illustrates a conceptual framework that draws attention to the importance of rhetoric in planning. Defining rhetoric as persuasive discourse within … Continue reading

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