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Title: Political efficacy and familiarity as predictors of attitudes towards electric transmission lines in the United States

Public opposition to the construction (i.e., siting) of new high voltage overhead transmission lines is not a new or isolated phenomenon. Past research has posited a variety of reasons, applied general theories, and has provided empirical evidence to explain public opposition. The existing literature, while clarifying many elements of the issue, does not yet fully explain the complexities underlying this public opposition phenomenon. As a result, the current study demonstrated how two overlooked factors, people’s sense of political efficacy and their familiarity (i.e., prior exposure) with transmission lines, explained attitudes of support and opposition to siting new power lines.
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  1. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
  2. Idaho State Univ., Pocatello, ID (United States)
  3. Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA (United States)
  4. Boise State Univ., Boise, ID (United States)
  5. Univ. of Idaho, Moscow, ID (United States)
  6. Brigham Young Univ., Provo, UT (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 2214-6296; PII: S221462961630072X
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Energy Research and Social Science
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 17; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 2214-6296
Research Org:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
24 POWER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION; high voltage overhead transmission lines; political efficacy; familiarity; place attachment