Master of Arts (MA)
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Emma Frances Bloomfield
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Utilizing a dramatistic rhetorical lens (Burke, 1945), this project examines Nevada’s 2015-2017 public controversy to decide whether or not to implement solar net metering incentives. By examining communication surrounding The Public Utility Commission of Nevada (PUCN), NV Energy, and SolarCity, this thesis analyzes the underlying social orientations contained within the controversy’s discourse. This thesis examines how the environment was left out of solar energy discourse in favor of economic reasoning. Nevada’s solar controversy is an important component of humanity’s unending conversation about our relationship to the environment and an important case study to develop our understanding of public controversy.
Dramatism; Environmental Communication; Net metering; Public Controversy
Oil, Gas, and Energy | Rhetoric
Burgy, Robert S., "A Dramatistic Analysis of Nevada's Controversy over Solar Net Metering Incentive Policies" (2018). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 3225.