Why Are White Guys Climate Skeptics?

Mother Jones (blog)Why Are White Guys Climate Skeptics?Mother Jones (blog)— 14% of the general public doesn't worry about climate change at all, but among CWMs the percentage jumps to 39%. — 32% of adults deny there is a scientific consensus on climate change, but 59% of CWMs deny what the overwhelming majority of the world's scientists have said. Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Harry A Farr - Aug 3, 2011 - 2:21 PM PDT
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Edited by: Dwight Rousu - Aug 4, 2011 - 1:32 PM PDT
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by Walter Cox - Aug. 5, 2011

Full of speculation, with a heavy dash of psychobabble. Only white males can be insulted with seeming impunity; if any other group were singled out in this manner, it would be called what it is--pure bigotry.

Maybe white males, especially conservative white males, have dug a little deeper and thought about the issue a bit more. To imply that white males have it pretty good and don't welcome change is pure nonsense. Perhaps it's just that we are skeptical of recurrent doomsday scenarios that turn out to be bogus--time has taught us not to react to the latest trends, and we are less gullible than most.

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Harry A Farr
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by Harry A Farr - Aug. 4, 2011
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Dwight Rousu
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by Dwight Rousu - Aug. 5, 2011

To cure irrational beliefs and behaviors, one has to understand some of the causes for them, which this article deftly dips into. Since deep beliefs are emotion based, the next and unanswered question here is how to get at the emotional base to correct the irrationality.

if you’ve ever taken a moment to consider that white men seem to make up the majority of the audience for Fox News, Glenn Beck, or Rush Limbaugh. The authors boil it ... More »

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by Atul Singh - Aug. 5, 2011

In style more a hobby blog post than professional journalism (especially ending). The topic in itself is rather unfactual, because empirical links between the factors are hard to prove. Hence, it would have been important to be even more cautios when judging the research implications. I especially miss the logical question: how can you tell it is about being white rather than being conservative? Comparing CWM with overall population is hardly the relevant comparison. I expect ... More »

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