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Voting Behavior on Carbon Pollution from Power Plants

Joshua Hall, Elham Erfanian and Caleb Stair
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Elham Erfanian: West Virginia University, Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics

No 16-11, Working Papers from Department of Economics, West Virginia University

Abstract: Environmental regulation is a polarizing issue. In 2014, a bill came to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives that would limit the powers of the Environmental Protection Agency. This empirical note identifies the characteristics that influenced the voting behavior of House Representatives on this bill. Political party, educational background, the location quotient of the mining industry in the representative’s state, and the amount of emissions in the Representative’s state are considered. A member’s political party is the primary factor influencing voting behavior but the location quotient of the mining industry also plays an important role.

Keywords: EPA regulations; carbon emissions; fossil fuel-fired; electric utility generating (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H7 Q4 Q58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 8 pages
Date: 2016-06
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm, nep-ene, nep-env, nep-pol, nep-reg and nep-res
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