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Climate Change Deniers Tend to Believe in Conspiracy Theories


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Quick: what’s the connection between climate change and conspiracy theory?

According to a new study published in the upcoming issue of Psychological
Science, people who tend to believe in conspiracy theory are also more
likely to be climate change deniers:

Believing that climate change isn’t happening or that it’s not human-caused
requires a belief that thousands of climate scientists around the world
are lying outright, Lewandowsky and his colleagues wrote in their new
paper
. Conspiracy theory beliefs are known to come in clusters —
someone who thinks NASA faked the moon landing is more likely to accept
the theory that 9/11 was an inside job, for example. So Lewandowsky
and his colleagues created an online survey and asked eight mostly pro-science
blogs and five climate-skeptic blogs to post a link to the survey for
their readers. The respondents were self-selecting, but highly motivated
to care about climate science, the researchers noted.

The responses came only from the eight pro-science blogs, the researchers
reported. Of 1,145 usable survey responses, the researchers found that
support for free-market, laissez-faire economics was linked to a rejection
of climate change. A tendency to believe other conspiracy theories was
also linked to denial of climate change. Finally, climate-change deniers
were more likely than others to say that other environmental problems
have been solved, indicating a dismissive attitude toward "green"
causes.

And as you can expect, the findings of this study sparked its own conspiracy theory. Stephanie Pappas of LiveScience has the story: Link

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September 10th, 2012

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