Tailpipe Emissions and the Construction of Knowledge Related to Vehicles In Northern Climates

This study examines 1471 Associated Press news articles in the U.S. regarding motor vehicle tailpipe emissions between 2000 and 2008. Using a frame analysis approach, we find that tailpipe emissions are defined either as a public health or environmental issue. Examining the co-occurrence of frames with the actors in the discourse, we find that the technology solution is the preferred solution articulated by all actors, including government officials, the auto industry, business interests and environmental organizations. While the technology as a solution construction is dominant, actual reductions in tailpipe emissions from vehicles, (including GHG emissions) will also require significant changes in individual travel behavior. We argue that the lack of a publicly available discourse regarding non-technology solutions limits public understanding of the policy measures necessary to reduce tailpipe emissions.


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Glitman, Karen

  • Performing Organizations:

    UVM Transportation Center

    University of Vermont
    210 Colchester Avenue
    Burlington, VT  United States  05405
  • Principal Investigators:

    Watts, Richard

  • Start Date: 20100101
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20120831
  • Source Data: RiP Project 26287

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01569182
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: UVM Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT06-G-0018, 024815
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 2 2015 1:00AM