UCL Institute of the Americas


Right-wing opposition to climate action in the US: the role of partisanship and cultural identity

02 November 2022, 4:00 pm–5:30 pm

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An event part of the UCL Institute of the Americas Environment and Society in the Americas Seminar Series

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This talk accounts for almost systematic right-wing opposition to strong climate action in the United States since the early 1990s. It builds on the works of social psychologists who have used cultural cognition as a way of explaining some of the roots of hyperpolarization in contemporary US politics. Prof. Collomb will make the case that the contentious nature of the climate conversation in the US is a very good illustration of the rise of “negative partisanship” and political tribalism in the United States since, at least, the early 1990s.

About the Speaker

Professor Jean-Daniel Collomb

Professor of American Studies at Université Grenoble Alpes

Jean-Daniel Collomb is a professor of American studies at Université Grenoble Alpes. His research is focused on environmental issues in the United States. He is the author of John Muir, parcs nationaux et écologie (2013) and Une histoire de la radicalité environnementale aux États-Unis (2018). He has also written several articles about the opposition between the American Right and the US environmental movement from the early 1980s to the present time.

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