What motivates a climate sceptic?

Here’s an interesting little thing. Some US sociologists asked some politically conservatives whether they accepted the science on climate change. But the question was framed in a way that suggested the way to solve the problem was eitherĀ a) greater government regulation or b) deregulation to encourage nuclear power.

Those given the latter scenario were much more willing to accept the basic science.

As the researches put it, people “resist factual information that threatens their defining values”.

Now, we know this is crazy. Whether climate change is real doesn’t depend on the implications on economic policy. It’s either happening or it isn’t. But this is how people think and we’ve got to find a way round it.

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    Danny Bloom said,

    and VP candidate PALIN in USA under McCain, she does not believe human activity is responsible for global warming. She thinks God will take care of everything.


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