Monday, December 10, 2012

Climate Change Denial Linked To Conspiratorial Thinking : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR
HIV does not cause AIDS. Smoking does not cause lung cancer. And burning fossil fuels does not contribute to global warming.

What do these three statements have in common? They're all rejections of well-established scientific consensus, and recent findings in psychology suggest that people who believe one or more of them are also more likely to believe a number of conspiracy theories: that the New World Order is planning to take over the planet, that the Apollo moon landing was faked in a Hollywood film studio, that the death of Princess Diana was an organized assassination, that an alien spaceship in New Mexico was covered up by the United States' military, and even more.

That's right: climate-change denial, discussed in last week's post by Adam Frank, is associated with conspiratorial thinking.
USDA issues disaster declaration for frost damage
“The freezing temperatures earlier this year put an incredible strain on our farmers,” stated U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar in a press release announcing the declaration.
Boris Johnson: Ignore The Doom Merchants, Britain Should Get Fracking | The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF)
It’s green, it’s cheap and it’s plentiful! So why are opponents of shale gas making such a fuss? In their mad denunciations of fracking, the Greens and the eco-warriors betray the mindset of people who cannot bear a piece of unadulterated good news.
Twitter / [Warmist David Biello]: it was plenty cold enough for ...
it was plenty cold enough for me at -27 C @CABREE_Alberta brrrr... keep warm!

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