The current issue of the journal American Behavioral Scientist (ABS) is devoted to the phenomenon of climate change scepticism and denial and brings together studies and essays looking at the role of the media in trying to keep alive those climate change theories which have been under permanent cardiac arrest for the last two decades or more.<quoted text>
This is what i find ironic, deniers are mostly conservatives by nature. The arch enemy to conservatives is communism which they quite happily tie in with Liberalism but its nothing like it.
The BIG fear for them is controlled thought or government taking away your so called "freedoms"
Here is the irony, a Liberal can think & problem solve with no rules. Yet a conservative thinks with so many rules attached they can end up stuck in mud. Who is really Free out of the two ?
A conservative is chained to rules, a Liberal is free to wonder.
One self-explanatory study is titled "Leading Voices in the Denier Choir : Conservative Columnists' Dismissal of Global Warming and Denigration of Climate Science".
The authors, Professor Riley Dunlap and Shaun Elsasser, both of Oklahoma State University, looked at 203 columns written by more than 80 conservative writers published between 2007 and 2010. The authors conclude:
The overall results reveal a highly dismissive view of climate change and critical stance toward climate science among these influential conservative pundits. They play a crucial role in amplifying the denial machine's messages to a broad segment of the American public.