We held an interesting national working meeting at Rutgers last week on people as citizens as opposed to consumers. I thinK we focus too much on the latter when the key is the former. Acquiescence to government policy is much more important than changing light bulbs. The goal of the meeting was more to throw up questions in need of research than anything else. Among the most interesting:
1.Even if acting as a consumer does not do much goOd directly, does it create more of a commitment to acting as a citizen when it comes to climate policy support?
2.Does a focus on climate adaption increase or decrease the chances of support for mitigation policy?
3.How much do voters vote out of self-interest as opposed to national interest when the two are in conflict?
4.What determines when a partisan legislative issue continues to be contested after lesigslation?