Climate change 'deniers' not so dumb after all
The current environmental paradigm assumes that those who don't believe in man-made climate change are less scientifically savvy, while those who do are scientifically smarter.
According to one study, however, those assumptions just aren't true.
"Seeming public apathy over climate change is often attributed to a deficit in comprehension. The public knows too little science, it is claimed, to understand the evidence or avoid being misled," said a report published in May in the journal Nature Climate Change. The study added: "We conducted a study to test this account and found no support for it."
Instead, the researchers found just the opposite: Those with the highest degrees of scientific understanding were less concerned about climate change, while those who were the most concerned scored slightly lower on tests of scientific knowledge.
"As respondents' science literacy scores increased, their concern with climate change decreased," the paper said.
Rather than scientific literacy, the researchers said it was ideology that was driving the cultural battle over man-made climate change. Those who believed in individual interests were less concerned about climate change and its causes, while those who believed in pushing for social equality were more concerned.
The study was funded by the National Science Foundation.
www.nature.com, 5/27/12; www.foxnews.com, 5/28/12