Environmental citizenship and public attitudes to hydrogen energy technologies
Flynn, R., Bellaby, P. and Ricci, M. (2008) Environmental citizenship and public attitudes to hydrogen energy technologies. Environmental Politics, 17 (5). pp. 766-783. ISSN 0964-4016 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/10823
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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09644010802421539
Some of the principal arguments in the debate about environmental citizenship are examined with reference to the development of hydrogen energy systems. In particular, qualitative evidence is drawn from a study of public attitudes towards hydrogen energy technologies and their perceived risks and benefits. Using data from focus groups in three areas of the UK, it is argued that while there is awareness of the importance of energy issues, opinions about innovation using hydrogen are generally neutral, and there is little indication of the collective and solidaristic values said to characterise environmental citizenship.