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How to Talk to a Conservative about Climate Change

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I spend a lot of time posting comments on blogs to convince people that humans are causing global warming and the impacts could be costly.  I have noticed that people of conservative/libertarian political orientation are generally unconvinced and often respond quite emotionally.  A study by Kahan, et al. (2007) called The Second National Risk and Culture Study: Making Sense of – and Making Progress In – The American Culture War of Fact (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1017189) reveals the reason.  Individuals who do not like the solution to a problem will deny that there is a problem.  However, if the solution offered is acceptable to those same individuals, the problem becomes real.

Conservatives abhor regulation and increased government spending (higher taxes).  Combating global warming entails both so it makes sense that some conservatives will deny there is a problem.  If conservatives are shown how climate change impacts their world view, perhaps they might get on board. 

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Written by Scott Mandia

December 22, 2009 at 11:14 am

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