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Italy’s public and politics: making decisions about national energy

Offshore platforms near the Adriatic coast were the focus of a politically-charged national referendum in April, when the Italian public were asked to vote on whether or not to stop renewing drilling licences close to shore. Despite environmentalist support, turnout was not sufficient to make the vote valid, but as the first referendum of its kind it’s a powerful indicator that energy issues are becoming ever more potent in the public political debate.

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