Climate Scientists Are Also Susceptible to Denialist Campaigns

The Hill: “President Obama in a speech on Wednesday cast climate change as a growing national security threat, accusing Republican skeptics of harming military readiness by denying its effects.”

A recent study shows that climate denial campaigns also take a toll on climate scientists and their findings.

Inside Climate News: “Scientists spend time and resources addressing denialists’ debunked claims in a way the scientific community has never done, said Stephan Lewandowsky, a cognitive scientist at the University of Bristol in England and lead author of the new study, published in the journal Global Environmental Change. Researchers also often downplay future climate risks to avoid being labeled an ‘alarmist’ by climate contrarians.”

“The study reviewed dozens of psychological and social science papers to understand why scientists are susceptible to denialist campaigns and provided a real-world example of this impact from the climate science literature. The authors concluded that scientists are as vulnerable as anyone to persuasive messaging and fear being stereotyped (in this case, as a global warming alarmist), and that when enough people criticize or question their work they, too, may begin questioning their findings.”

 

4 Comments

  1. Climate scientists in the past with their phony hockey stick graphs and numerous other unscientific “proofs” and arguments have been proven to be self seeking liars.

    With people who sell their cause like that fruit fly scientist, David Suzuki and that failed politician, Al Gore, both of whom have made fortunes by misinterpreting facts, to scare the gullible, the real, honest scientists who know and speak the truth, are fighting a tough uphill battle.

    1. “Climate scientists in the past with their phony hockey stick graphs and numerous other unscientific “proofs” and arguments have been proven to be self seeking liars.”
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      No they haven’t, liar.

  2. “The science is the easy part. The hard part is overcoming the narrow-mindedness and selfishness of politics and business as usual.” – Dr. Ivor van Heerdon (fired from LSU for speaking truth to power)

  3. Fascinating. I sort of understand the part about climate scientists tamping down their own message or even actual findings out of fear of being labeled as exaggerating or “alarmist.” Nobody wants to be the next Richard Mann.

    I guess this is part of the same psychology which leads people in totalitarian countries to self-censor.

    But the analogy is telling, isn’t it? This country’s conservatives just keep racking up the damage they’re inflicting on the rest of us — and themselves. My one consolation is imagining so many of them 30 years from now, trapped in a part of Texas or Oklahoma that has become virtually uninhabitable. They deserve that fate.

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