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Interesting Study On Climate Change Opinions

A recent post on the Fox News web site provides evidence that we global warming skeptics are not such dummies after all.

Global warming skeptics as knowledgeable about science as climate change believers, study says


It poses the following rhetorical questions:

Are global warming skeptics anti-science? Or just ignorant about science?

and answers them as follows:
Maybe neither. A study published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change finds that people who are not that worried about the effects of global warming tend to have a slightly higher level of scientific knowledge than those who are worried

To be fair, the "slightly higher level" is well within the margin of error. The level of scientific knowledge were based on quiz scores, and the skeptics only scored 1% higher than the global warming believers. But this is sufficient to shoot down the ad hominem attacks often made by skeptics.

The original article can be found here:

The polarizing impact of science literacy and numeracy on perceived climate change risks



A cursory reading convinced me that the Fox News article was a fairly accurate representation.
One of the studies conclusions is

Members of the public with the highest degrees of science literacy and technical reasoning capacity were not the most concerned about climate change. Rather, they were the ones among whom cultural polarization was greatest.


This jibes with my own experience.

I've often contended that, while the global warming believers might be right, most of the people who laugh at me for being a skeptic haven't studied or thought about the issue as much as I have. The study does not quite show that. It seems to indicate that people on both sides have put some thought into the matter. I'll take that.

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