Keeping the forest above to phase out the coal below: The discursive politics about and contested meaning of the Hambach Forest

Carina Liersch (Corresponding Author), Peter Stegmaier

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Abstract

The exit from socio-technical regimes enjoys increasing scientific interest. While many studies which cover energy or sustainability transitions focus on system contexts, there is still a lack of focused research on the locations and arenas of negotiation. The Hambach Forest is one such opportunity to look into the discontinuation of coal energy production. With an analysis of the controversy in the social and mass media about lignite mining in a very specific location, we were able to identify framings along which two groupings clashed in a physical and discursive struggle in 2018-2019, the ‘Climate and Landscape Protectors’ and the ’Protectors of Public and Economic Order’. We found the framing categories of ‘responsibility’, ‘cost-loose-gain nexus’, and ‘dependencies’ and identified their fluctuation during the period of analysis. Energy transition and environmental protection clash with energy production incumbency, primacy of economy or ecology, and law and order.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnergy research & social science
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • Discontinuation
  • Coal
  • Governance
  • Hambach Forest
  • controversy

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