Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Climate change deniers 'are either extreme free marketeers or conspiracy theorists’

An interesting article from the Daily Telegraph:
“We find that endorsement of a laissez-faire conception of free-market economics predicts rejection of climate science,” the paper says. “We additionally show that endorsement of a cluster of conspiracy theories (e.g., that the CIA killed Martin Luther King or that NASA faked the moon landing) predicts rejection of climate science as well as the rejection of other scientific findings.”
“Blogs have a huge impact on society and so it’s important that we understand the motivations and the reasoning of those who visit blogs to contribute to the discussion,”
Full article here.

I have previously written about the similarity between Christian fundamentalists and conspiracy theorists here. Christian fundamentalists also tend to deny climate change or the human causes of climate change. the same sort of psychology seems to be at work.