The overarching question imparting urgency to this exploration is: Can U.S.-Russian contention in cyberspace cause the two nuclear superpowers to stumble into war? In considering this question we were constantly reminded of recent comments by a prominent U.S. arms control expert: At least as dangerous as the risk of an actual cyberattack, he observed, is cyber operations’ “blurring of the line between peace and war.” Or, as Nye wrote, “in the cyber realm, the difference between a weapon and a non-weapon may come down to a single line of code, or simply the intent of a computer program’s user.”
This research explores state-level variation in perceptions of and discourse on carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology and wind technology. The results are based primarily on comparative media analysis of state-level newspapers. The news media plays an important role in developing the public's perceptions of risks and benefits of emerging technologies because the media plays an interpretive function linking technical assessments of experts to the psychological assessments of laypersons. Different state-level perceptions of and discourse on risks and benefits of emerging energy technologies are likely contributing to energy technology deployment decisions.
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