Researchers Investigate Climate Change Denial
Here at NCSE, we talk a lot about the people who reject climate change science, how they are threatening science education, and what we can do to ensure teachers have the support they need to teach the science. What we don’t always discuss is why people reject climate change.
As I began to dig deeper into the why, I found a paper by Dr. Peter Jacques and Claire Conolly Knox of the University of Central Florida. The duo used keyword searches on Twitter to figure out why people are quick to dismiss the science of climate change. What they found should be of no surprise to anyone who reads NCSE’s blog—it’s not the science, it’s the politics.
I was fortunate enough to sit down with Dr. Jacques to ask him a few questions about his research and learn more about the implications of his findings.