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Do Batteries Equal Climate Change? A Test for the Politicization of Energy Storage in the Media

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Shapiro, Matthew A.
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This study attempts to show whether or not an assumed analogue of climate change – energy storage – is as politicized in the traditional media. It is hypothesized that energy storage scientists and energy storage technology would be more likely to be discussed in an article with political framing content. The handcoded and automatically clustered content of the entire population of news content on energy storage in the New York Times and The Guardian reveals that there is an abundance of political content in both media outlets. However, statistical analysis confirms that only the New York Times science and technology content is significantly connected to politics. The foundation is thus set in the United States for energy storage to be just as politicized as other energy-related topics ideologically connected to climate change such as renewable energy.