Link Between Climate Denial and Conspiracy Beliefs Sparks Conspiracy Theories

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    I used to wonder why the really wacky conspiracy theorists were such a major part of this anti-science AGW-denial cult-like movement that the fossil fuel industry propagandists astro-turfed up to be their 'useful idiot' foot-soldiers in their campaign to deceive the public about the reality and dangers of anthropogenic global warming/climate changes and the urgent need to drastically restrict future carbon emissions.....now we know....someone did a bit of research that demonstrated a clear link between AGW denial and a general belief in the usual crackpot conspiracy theories, like the moon landings were faked....the really, really hilarious thing about that is that the AGW deniers immediately claimed that the study itself was part of a conspiracy against them.

    Link Between Climate Denial and Conspiracy Beliefs Sparks Conspiracy Theories
    LiveScience
    By Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer
    Sep 7, 2012
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    A study suggesting climate change deniers also tend to hold general beliefs in conspiracy theories has sparked accusations of a conspiracy on climate change-denial blogs. The research, which will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Psychological Science, surveyed more than 1,000 readers of science blogs regarding their beliefs regarding global warming. The results revealed that people who tend to believe in a wide array of conspiracy theories are more likely to reject the scientific consensus that the Earth is heating up. University of Western Australia psychologist Stephan Lewandowsky based the findings on responses from an online survey posted on eight science blogs. According to the paper, Lewandowsky approached five climate-skeptic blogs and asked them to post the survey link, but none did. Now, climate-skeptic bloggers are striking back with a new conspiracy theory: that the researchers deliberately failed to contact "real skeptics" for the study and then lied about it.

    Though about 97 percent of working scientists agree that the evidence shows a warming trend caused by humans, public understanding of climate change falls along political lines. Democrats are more likely to "believe in" global warming than Republicans, according to a 2011 report by the University of New Hampshire's Carsey Institute. In fact, deniers and skeptics who felt more confident in their climate-change knowledge were the strongest disbelievers. Believing that climate change isn't happening or that it's not human-caused requires a belief that thousands of climate scientists around the world are lying outright, Lewandowsky and his colleagues wrote in their new paper. Conspiracy theory beliefs are known to come in clusters — someone who thinks NASA faked the moon landing is more likely to accept the theory that 9/11 was an inside job, for example. So Lewandowsky and his colleagues created an online survey and asked eight mostly pro-science blogs and five climate-skeptic blogs to post a link to the survey for their readers. The respondents were self-selecting, but highly motivated to care about climate science, the researchers noted. The responses came only from the eight pro-science blogs, the researchers reported. Of 1,145 usable survey responses, the researchers found that support for free-market, laissez-faire economics was linked to a rejection of climate change. A tendency to believe other conspiracy theories was also linked to denial of climate change. Finally, climate-change deniers were more likely than others to say that other environmental problems have been solved, indicating a dismissive attitude toward "green" causes. "To our knowledge, our results are the first to provide empirical evidence for the correlation between a general construct of conspiracist ideation and the general tendency to reject well-founded science," Lewandowsky and his colleagues concluded. Psychological research has found that conspiracy beliefs are hard to dislodge, they wrote, but efforts to debunk multiple lines of conspiratorial reasoning at once may help.


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    What a lame attempt to marginalize people who don't follow in lock-step. I know that Man-caused climate change is complete bull shit yet I don't believe in: 9-11 conspiracy, faked moon landing, any Kennedy assassination conspiracy, alien visitations, alien abductions or any of that non-sense.

    In fact, a healthy dose of skepticism is required to sift through the bull shit that is the AGW religion and that same skeptical mind prevents belief in the nut ball conspiracy theories.

    Sorry, you lose and the author of that article is an idiot.
     
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    Does the fact that some people who believe in anthropomorphic global warming also believe that Bush lied prove that AGW is a conspiracy, or is your article typical blather from an idiot that doesn't think things through?
     
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    LOLOLOLOLOL.....ROTFLMAO......you mean you actually seriously think that to believe that "Bush lied" is to believe in a conspiracy theory?

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL
     
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    Do you seriously think it isn't, even after every prominent Democrat that spouted that line during the 2004 election apologized for saying it?
     
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    Oh, you mean they're rightwingers?

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    What planet do you live on? Did you just arrive here? Or are you perhaps just another delusional rightwingnut retard?

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    Of course, now you'll (without reading any of those links) explain to us how all of those websites are part of a 'conspiracy' to defame Bush. LOLOLOLOL.
     
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    One of the hallmarks of conspiracy nuts is the ability to provide multiple links to the same information.
     
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    One of the hallmarks of the delusionally insane is the inability to recognize it when their moronic claims are debunked. As I just did to your laughable claim that knowing that Bush lied is somehow equivalent to believing in a conspiracy.

    BTW, how would you know whether or not those links all lead to the same information when you never looked at them? The point was to debunk your retarded claim with a preponderance of evidence.
     
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    Posting a bunch of links to conspiracy sites doesn't debink me calling a conspiracy a conspiracy. If it worked that way I could prove the government has a secret base at the center of the Earth that they use to control the weather on Jupiter.
     

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