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Are There Subspecies of Climate Skeptics?

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorDecember 5, 2011 8:28 PM


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A reader wonders if there are two different breeds of climate skeptic--the political/ideological variant in the U.S.--where the climate debate resembles a caged match, and the more rational-minded species in Europe:

From what I gather, there really are people in the U.S who don't believe in the greenhouse concept or the radiative properties of Co2, or that doubling the amount of carbon dioxide would have some effect on the temperature of the atmosphere. Maybe now the over-use of the term "˜denier' makes more sense"¦ I know this doesn't apply to everybody, but I think sceptics in Europe are sceptical about the predictions of catastrophic rises, consequences, or the cost-effectiveness of mitigation. I.e. they are extremely sensible people

In other words, are American climate skeptics bat-shit crazy, and their European cousins the sane ones?

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