Are Climate Skeptics More Likely To Be Conspiracy Theorists?

The Guardian reports on new research finding that climate skeptics also tend to support conspiracy theories such as the moon landing being faked:

It’s time to come clean: climate change is a hoax. And the moon landings were faked, 9/11 was an inside job, and the CIA is hiding the identity of the gunman on the grassy knoll.

It might seem odd to lump climate change – a scientific theory supported by thousands of peer-reviewed papers and hundreds of independent lines of evidence – with conspiracy theories like these. But new research to be published in a forthcoming issue of Psychological Science has found a link between the endorsement of conspiracy theories and the rejection of established facts about climate science.

In a survey of more than 1,000 readers of websites related to climate change, people who agreed with free market economic principles and endorsed conspiracy theories were more likely to dispute that human-caused climate change was a reality.

Stephen Lewandowsky and his colleagues at the University of Western Australia posted a link to an online questionnaire on eight climate-related blogs with a diverse readership, in order to capture people’s views about economics, science and conspiracy theories. Five “sceptic” (or “sceptic-leaning”) blogs were also approached but declined to post the link – interesting in and of itself, given the frequent claim that sceptical views are excluded from mainstream debates…

[continues in The Guardian]


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17 Comments on "Are Climate Skeptics More Likely To Be Conspiracy Theorists?"

  1. Linsang811 | Jul 27, 2012 at 8:22 am |

    Illogical people tend to be illogical? WHO’D HAVE THUNK!? 

    • Jesus Borg | Jul 27, 2012 at 8:44 am |

       How is it logic? Its all abstraction and computer models and indoctrination. There is a lot of money in it, so people get lots of grants to study it. So it becomes a catch all.

      There is no logic to it at all. Its about as logical as worrying about a meteor shower hitting the Earth.

      • Mysophobe | Jul 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm |

        There always has been far more to gain from suppressing information than from seeking knowledge. Research grants are a pittance compared to money spent to undermine that research.

      • Linsang811 | Jul 28, 2012 at 8:34 am |

        Your comment is very illogical.

        It is illogical, based on the evidence, to conclude that 97% of the world’s climate scientists are involved in some kind of ridiculous conspiracy to lie about global climate change. It as just as illogical, based on the evidence, to conclude that the moon landing was a hoax. People who lack the ability to think critically and logically tend to approach problems in the manner you’d except: uncritically and illogically.

        • Jesus Borg | Jul 28, 2012 at 10:34 am |

           Where did I say it was a conspiracy? I don’t deny that the climate is changing.

          I just don’t jump on bandwagons. You sound like a sports fan the way you get all worked up.

          • Linsang811 | Jul 29, 2012 at 8:04 am |

            You are a perfect example of what I’m talking about. Have a clue, Dunning-Kruger, you’re not as smart as you seem to think you are.

          • 2 people in the most protected building in the world cannot hold a BJ secret – yet 1,300 scientists manage to keep their conspiracy totally secret with none coming out about the money received or the secret meetings… hmmmm

  2. Minglewood65 | Jul 27, 2012 at 8:46 am |

    Yes, Mr. Wiltshire, it is time to come clean. This article describes most of your comments to a tee. Even you will never admit, even after extensive studys on the subject, that the Medieval warm period was a regional event, not global.

    • Jesus Borg | Jul 27, 2012 at 8:56 am |

       An easy way to manipulate people is to try to put them in crisis mode. Some people are clueless and easily manipulated. Others are more wise to Bullshit. So people with better b.s. detectors are skeptical of the Cassandras.

      Skeptical people are more open to alternative explanations for things.

      • Mysophobe | Jul 27, 2012 at 12:10 pm |

        If only the anti-AGW conspiracy theories simply encouraged everyone to remain calm and rational, rather than attempting to put people in a crisis mode more drastic than that which the scientific community proposes. Carbon credits and other remedial measures are a plot to further enslave the human race and whatnot.

        • It is due to people like you that we have a SICK and PERVERTED situation where the alarmism comes from scientists and not from NGO which are too scared to be considered as alarmist – and therefore underreport on the level of threat. Have you noticed how NGOs are amazingly quite/resignated? well that´s due to people like you.

          As carbon credits are already at work – can you provide one real case of enslavement associated with them to give a bit of credibility to your post? Thanks

  3. Jesus Borg | Jul 27, 2012 at 8:59 am |

    OK so the Climate’s changing. I’m getting older, hair is growing from my ears. May ass is sagging. Some day I’ll be dead. Is that a crisis?


    • Nice to see that “Jesus” f***ing don´t care about others and future generations…. I sense a very very distant reference to a key biblical message here

  4. QuestionEverything | Jul 27, 2012 at 9:21 am |

    There is something to be said for agnosticism…being open to all of the possibilities that are out there while remaining staunchly skeptical of everything until there is enough evidence to make an informed decision, one way or the other. I try to apply this philosophy to all areas of my life and suppose that would also then have to include things like conspiracy theories…

    Is it possible that the moon is an artificial satellite from which we are being monitored by aliens? Ummm…suppose that is one of several possibilities…but such an extraordinary claim would require equally extraordinarily evidence. Would be a great premise for a sci-fi novel but in real life…probably not so much. However…When it comes to climate change…not all scientists agree and some of the numbers that we have been shown do not seem to quite add up. For those who refuse to acknowledge that there is any problem with our climate whatsoever…obviously they are in serious denial and are not capable of engaging in rational or thought-provoking conversation. These are probably also the kind of people who believe that that the earth is hollow…But for the rest of us who are able to view a problem/issue from more than one perspective before coming to a final decision…we should be questioning these numbers and their sources and the methods by which they were attained. And whatever they ultimately indicate…then we need to act upon that knowledge accordingly. 

  5. I think Ronnie Raygun Jr summed it up nicely
    if people were crazy
    Michell Bachman would be China

    at the end of the media massage
    what you think about 9/11, Bohemian Groove & Global Warming
    really doesn’t matter
    unless your the Wizard of Oz

    but it sure gives us something to type about
    which I’m gonna stop doing
    once I get a life

  6. Crown_dai | Jul 28, 2012 at 7:46 pm |

    Ummm, would someone please explain to me where the shadow of the flag is supposed to gotten to? It seemsp to be…ah…missing…

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