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What Motivates a Climate Skeptic?

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyApr 6, 2011 2:10 PM


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My latest item at DeSmogBlog is about the core themes driving climate skepticism and denial--none of which are really very scientific. The basis for this is a recent paper by organizational theorist Andrew Hoffman of the University of Michigan, who has been studying climate skeptics. One of his findings?

1. Stealth Attack on Personal Freedom. Skeptics, write Hoffman, think concern over global warming just a ruse to curtail personal liberties—by increasing the power of government to interfere in the market. This of course carries over to a deep distrust of the U.N. At a climate skeptic conference, writes Hoffman, one presenter “went so far as to suggest that a binding international agreement on climate change would end with individuals being required to carry ‘carbon ration cards’ on their person."

For more, head on over to DeSmogBlog to see my latest piece.

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