"Unlocking the Conspiracy Mind-Set"

New social science research says that climate change deniers are more likely to believe in conspiracy theories. Climate change deniers say the study is evidence of a conspiracy.

"When I first met the NASA climate researcher Gavin Schmidt a few years ago, we discussed the proliferation of material on the Internet attacking mainstream climate science. I asked him whether he thought climate contrarians were flirting with conspiracy theory in their views.

'Flirting?' he said. 'No. They’ve already had conspiracy theory out on a hot date, and now it’s the morning after and they’re sitting up in bed, having coffee.'

I happened to recall that conversation the other day as I read the latest chapter of a remarkable back-and-forth between mainstream researchers and climate contrarians."

Justin Gillis writes for the New York Times' Green blog February 21, 2013.

SEE ALSO:

"Pat Robertson: Only 'Nutty' Ph.D.s Believe Climate Change Causes More Blizzards" (Raw Story)

"Research Links Climate Science Denial To Conspiracy Theories, But Skeptics Smell A Conspiracy" (DeSmogBlog)

"Why Climate Deniers Have No Scientific Credibility -- In One Pie Chart" (DeSmogBlog)

Friday, February 22, 2013