Why Climate Change Deniers Can’t Handle The Truth
With so much evidence and overwhelming consensus by scientists that Climate Change is real, it’s natural to wonder who still denies it and why. In a fascinating review of polling evidence we see that it’s probably who you expect it is but perhaps not for the reasons you think.
So why do these Americans refuse to budge on the issue? In a provocative article earlier this year, Chris Mooney suggested a simple answer: “Conservatives don’t deny climate science because they’re ignorant. They deny it because of who they are.”
So the stunning reason some people reject the idea of Climate Change is not because they don’t have the facts. They do. It’s just that they don’t want to believe the evidence because being “a Conservative” or in some cases being “a Christian” means that they simply can’t believe it. It’s not who they are. It’s not what they believe. Evidence aside, their self-identification more or less forbids them from accepting the science on this topic.
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It’s fairly clear from these graphs that religious, Republican American conservatives are the majority of climate change deniers today. If income, education, and knowledge has little to do with climate change acceptance, then could it be that climate change acceptance has become a cultural rather than factual issue in America? Do conservative Americans deny climate change simply because it conflicts with their identity as a conservative?
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