The Evolution of Climate Framing in Alberta Politics

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  • Studies have found that belief in anthropogenic climate change, and approval of policies to combat it, are lower in Alberta compared to the rest of Canada. This paper expands on previous research by examining how the framing of climate change by Alberta politicians changed over time, and why. I analyze Albertan news and opinion articles from 1997-2005 and 2015-2020 utilizing a deductive media frame analysis, investigate how provincial politicians in Alberta framed climate change, and compare and contrast the framing in these two periods. This builds on previous research which demonstrated that elite discourse influences public perceptions of climate change, and can help us to better understand the saliency of climate change among Albertans.

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    Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International