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"Energy Independence" - and example in rhetorical party swapping


Lots of terms are "owned" by members of the Republican or Democratic Party in Congress. On immigration, Republicans are far more likely to describe people as "illegal immigrants" and Democrats more often use the term "undocumented workers". In energy politics, there are some words that are more often used by one party or another, but one one phrase that switched parties is "energy independence" While working on a paper about identifying keywords that best predict energy price volatility (link here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0140988317302517) part of the process involved looking at how members of Congress spoke about energy issues. Form 2009-2011 Democrats used the phrase "energy independence" more than Republicans, there was a mixed use period until 2013, and then from 2013-2015 Republicans took ownership of the term. Does "energy independence" as a google search term do much to predict price volatility? No, but it was neat little rhetorical nugget to discover along the way. -Lindsey