Composing Energy Policy research team at a writing retreat in Park City.

Composing Energy Policy

Tarla Rai Peterson and I analyze how low carbon energy technology (LCET) scientists and engineers use various forms of reasoning in interdisciplinary professional conversations about these technologies. Because society recognizes technical reasoning as a legitimate way to create knowledge and prudential reasoning as a legitimate way to make policy decisions, many people assume that scientists and engineers rely only on technical reasoning for their internal professional communication. However, scholars argue that scientists and engineers integrate technical and prudential reasoning, often without conscious recognition. The project critically examines the composition of arguments in professional conversations of LCET scientists and engineers that simultaneously employ both technical and prudential forms of reasoning. Energy policy and LCET scientists and engineers both inform and are informed by the policy implications of these technologies. Within the LCET technologies, we specifically examine nuclear, carbon sequestration, solar, and wind technologies. 

 

Our findings have been presented at several conferences and published via journal articles and book chapters.  Our research has been recognized by including a top paper panel award and two book chapter awards from the Environmental Communication Division of the National Communication Association. The team still has several articles in development. Endres and Peterson (along with collaborators Leah Sprain and Andrea Feldpausch-Parker) also have a contract with Routledge Press for a Handbook on Energy Democracy (anticipated in 2021). 

As an outgrowth of our work on this project, we co-organized an Energy Democracy Symposium in July 2017 in Salt Lake City. This symposium was funded by the National Science Foundation (SES 1655192), National Communication Association, University of Utah COllege of Humanities, and University of Utah Communication Institute. More information about the Energy Democracy Symposium can be found here.  

This project is funded by the National Science Foundation (SES 1329563; 1550227). 

Undergraduate researcher presenting her work at an undergraduate research symposium. 

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* denotes graduate student 

** denotes undergraduate student

*** denotes postdoc 

Published Work

Ian Summers*, Alley Agee*, Monica Scott** & Danielle Endres, “The Discursive Construction of the Anti-Nuclear Activist,” in Networking Argument, ed. Carol Winkler, New York: Routledge, 2019 (in press). 

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Brian Cozen*, Danielle Endres, Tarla Rai Peterson & Cristi C. Horton***, "Energy Communication: Theory and Praxis Toward a Sustainable Energy Future," Environmental Communication, 12, no. 3 (2018): 289-294.​

Tarla Rai Peterson & Cristi C. Horton***, "Communicating about Solar Energy and Climate Change," in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science, ed. Hans Von Storch, 2017, doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.013.437. 

Danielle Endres, Brian Cozen*, Megan O’Byrne*, Andrea Feldpausch-Parker & Tarla Rai Peterson, “Putting the U in Carbon Capture and Storage: Rhetorical Boundary Negotiation within the CCS/CCUS Scientific Community,” Journal of Applied Communication Research, 44, no. 4 (2016): 362-380.

Danielle Endres, Brian Cozen*, Joshua Trey Barnett*, Megan O’Byrne* & Tarla Rai Peterson, “Communicating Energy in a Climate (of) Crisis,” in Communication Yearbook 40, ed. Elisa Cohen, New York, NY: Routledge, 2016, 419-447.  ***NATIONAL COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION STEPHEN P. DEPOE BOOK CHAPTER AWARD ***

Danielle Endres, Brian Cozen*, Megan O’Byrne* & Andrea Feldpausch-Parker, “Performances of an International Professional Community: CCS/CCUS and its National Contexts,” in Environmental Communication and Community: Constructive and Destructive Dynamics of Social Transformation, eds. Tarla Rai Peterson, Hanna Ljunggren Bergea, Andrea M. Feldpausch-Parker & Kaisa Raitio, New York, NY: Routledge, 2016, 55-74.

William J. Kinsella, Dorothy Andreas, & Danielle Endres, “Communicating Nuclear Power: A Programmatic Review,” in Communication Yearbook 39, ed. Elisa Cohen, New York, NY: Routledge, 2015, 277-310. *** 2015 NATIONAL COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION CHRISTINE L. ORAVEC BOOK CHAPTER AWARD ***

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Conference Presentations, Posters, and Proceedings

 

  Nicolas Hernandez**, “The Challenges and Potential for Collaboration between Wind Energy Scientists and Engineers and Environmentalists,” [presentation] Society for Social Studies of Science, Sydney, Australia, August 2018.

    

Danielle Endres, “Justice, Participation, and Power: A Starting Point for Energy Democracy,” [presentation] International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Snowbird, UT, June 2018.

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Nicolas Hernandez**, "The Frontier Myth in U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Rhetoric," [presentation] International Communication Association, Prague, Czech Republic, May 2018. *** 2018 INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION DIVISION TOP PAPER PANEL AWARD ***

Monica Scott**, Ian Summers* & Danielle Endres, “Scientific Engagement in an Energy Democracy: How Nuclear Science Professional Association Presidents Discuss Public Advocacy,” [presentation] Western States Communication Association, Santa Clara, CA, February 2018.

Ian Summers*, Alley Agee*, Monica Scott** & Danielle Endres, "The Discursive Construction of the Anti-Nuclear Activist," [presentation] Alta Argumentation Conference, Alta, UT, July 2017.

Danielle Endres, “The Role of Science Communication in the Composition of Energy Policy,” [poster] Coalition for National Science Funding Exhibition, Washington D.C., May 2017. 

Alley Agee*, Ian Summers*, Monica Scott** & Danielle Endres, "Sustainability and Climate Change in Nuclear Energy: How Nuclear Scientists and Engineers Understand their Role in Building a Sustainable Future," [poster] University of Utah Global Change and Sustainability Center Research Symposium, Salt Lake City, Utah, February 2017. 

Joshua Barnett*, Danielle Endres, Tarla Rai Peterson & Cristi Horton***, “Getting Inside the Rhetoric of Science,” [presentation] Western States Communication Association Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, February 2017.

Monica Scott**, Ian Summers* & Danielle Endres, "How Nuclear Science Professional Society Presidents Frame Nuclear Energy," [poster] University of Utah College of Social and Behavioral Science Research Day, Salt Lake City, UT, April 2017.

Monica Scott**, Ian Summers* & Danielle Endres, "How Nuclear Science Professional Society Presidents Frame Nuclear Energy," [poster] University of Utah Undergraduate Research Symposium," Salt Lake City, UT, April 2017.

Monica Scott**, Ian Summers* & Danielle Endres, "How Nuclear Science Professional Society Presidents Frame Nuclear Energy," [poster] Utah Conference of Undergraduate Research, Orem, UT, February 2017.

Danielle Endres, Tarla Rai Peterson & Cristi Horton***, “Composition and Energy Democracy,” [presentation] National Communication Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November 2016. 

Cristi Horton*** & Tarla Rai Peterson, "Integrating Social Characteristics into Site Assessments for Offshore Wind Deployment," [poster] AWEA Offshore Wind Power conference, Warwick, Rhode Island, October 2016.  

Haoran Yu**, Ian Summers & Danielle Endres, "How Do Nuclear Scientists and Engineers Talk Internally Among Themselves about the Fukushima Energy Crisis?" [presentation & proceedings] National Conference On Undergraduate Research (NCUR), Asheville, North Carolina, April 2016. 

Haoran Yu**, Ian Summers & Danielle Endres, "How Do Nuclear Scientists and Engineers Talk Internally Among Themselves about the Fukushima Energy Crisis? [poster] Utah Conference of Undergraduate Research, Salt Lake City, UT, February 2016. 

Haoran Yu**, Ian Summers & Danielle Endres, "How Do Nuclear Scientists and Engineers Talk Internally Among Themselves about the Fukushima Energy Crisis?" [poster] University of Utah Undergraduate Research Symposium, Salt Lake City, UT, February 2016.  

Danielle Endres, Brian Cozen*, Joshua Barnett*, Megan O’Byrne* & Tarla Rai Peterson, “Communicating Energy in a Climate of Crisis,” [presentation] National Communication Association, Environmental Communication Division, Las Vegas, NV, November 2015 ***NATIONAL COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION DIVISION TOP PAPER PANEL AWARD ***

Megan O'Byrne* & Brian Cozen*, “‘That Stupid Hole in the Ground…’ and Other Views of Yucca from Nuclear Scientists and Engineers,” [presentation] National Communication Association, Las Vegas, NV, November 2015.

Danielle Endres, Brian Cozen* & Megan O'Byrne*, "Composing Energy Policy: The Influence of Low-Carbon Energy Technology Scientists and Engineers on Energy Policy" [poster] University of Utah Global Change and Sustainability Center Research Symposium, Salt Lake City, Utah, February 2015.  

Brian Cozen*, Megan O’Byrne*, Danielle Endres & Tarla Rai Peterson, “Discussing Safety: Nuclear Scientists’ Discourse of Leaks and Technical Risk,” [presentation], Conference on Communication and the Environment, Boulder, CO, June 2015.