Contesting Greek gas policy: Geopolitical, energy and climate considerations

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    Abstract

    Three main drivers underlie states’ intent to expand gas supply: energy security, geopolitics and climate goals. Such considerations also drive Greece’s expansive gas policy, but come with significant caveats. First, pipeline politics entails geopolitical costs and inflated anticipated gains. Second, while gas supply has yielded energy security for Greece, its cost-effectiveness is contentious. Third, the gas option obscures the transition to smart, clean energy sources and systems. A rational actor model within a rationalist-weak cognitivist framework can account for Greece’s gas policy. Yet, its limited success points to the need for a clean energy policy promising higher climate, energy and geopolitical gains.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Spectator
    Early online date1 Apr 2019
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Apr 2019

    Keywords

    • Energy security
    • geopolitics
    • climate change
    • Greece
    • natural gas
    • renewables

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