Mathew Clarifies Climate Stakes – for Some

October 7, 2016


(You are) “in what we call the reality-based community,” (that is) people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality. … That’s not the way the world really works anymore,”..

Ron Suskind quoting Carl Rove in 2004


Tampa Bay Times:

Officials say people who refused to evacuate from central Florida’s Atlantic coast are calling for help now as Hurricane Matthew’s western eyewall brushes past Cape Canaveral.

Brevard County Emergency Operations spokesman David Waters said early Friday that more than 100,000 people in the area had lost power.

Waters says he has talked to other families who have said things like, “We’re scared. We wish we hadn’t stayed.”

More than 360,000 in Florida are without power Friday morning.

..we are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right. Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield.

– George Orwell

Science Daily:

Climate change is a serious threat to humans, animals, and Earth’s ecosystems. Nevertheless, effective climate action has been delayed, partly because some still deny that there is a problem. In a new thesis in psychology, Kirsti Jylhä at Uppsala University has studied the psychology behind climate change denial. The results show that individuals who accept hierarchical power structures tend to a larger extent deny the problem.


In the scientific community there is a strong consensus that humans have significantly affected the climate and that we are facing serious challenges. But there is a lot of misinformation about climate change in circulation, which to a large part is created and distributed by organised campaigns with the aim of postponing measures that could combat climate change. And there are people who are more prone than others to trust this misinformation.

Previous research has consistently shown that it is more common among politically conservative individuals to deny climate change. In her thesis, Kirsti Jylhä has investigated this further and in more detail. Her studies included ideological and personality variables which correlate with political ideology, and tested if those variables also correlate with climate change denial.

The results show that climate change denial correlates with political orientation, authoritarian attitudes and endorsement of the status quo. It also correlates with a tough-minded personality (low empathy and high dominance), closed-mindedness (low openness to experience), predisposition to avoid experiencing negative emotions, and with the male sex. Importantly, one variable, named social dominance orientation (SDO), helped explain all these correlations, either entirely or partially.


Social dominance orientation is a measure of the acceptance and advocating of hierarchical and dominant relations between social groups. This acceptance of hierarchies also extends to accepting human dominance over nature. The correlation between SDO and climate change denial can perhaps be explained by considering the many injustices of climate change. Our current wealthy lifestyles are the primary cause of climate change, but the most serious consequences are affecting mainly poor countries and people, as well as animals and future generations of humans.

Dana Nuccitelli in the Guardian:

Among social scientists, there’s an ongoing debate about whether facts can change peoples’ minds on scientific issues that have become politically polarized, like climate change. There’s some evidence that when conservatives have more scientific knowledge, it just gives them more tools to use in rejecting the scientific information that conflicts with their ideological beliefs.

Pew asked a variety of general science questions to test the correlation between scientific knowledge and acceptance of human-caused global warming. Overall, Democrats and Republicans got the same average score on these scientific questions, although liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans scored better than moderates in both parties. When it came to understanding that humans are causing global warming, Pew found that scientific knowledge makes a huge difference among Democrats, and no difference among Republicans.


5 Responses to “Mathew Clarifies Climate Stakes – for Some”

  1. Paul Whyte Says:

    Well how can it be put any clearer than this. Climate denial is ideological. The conservatives who don’t have access to truly evidence based thought just can’t fit Climate Change into their world view cause the identity that they have will not let it in.

  2. lesliegraham1 Says:

    It really is extraordinary is it not.
    They would rather die and that the whole of global civilisation die with them than admit that “those stupid ****ing hippies” were right all along.

  3. Sir Charles Says:

    As Hurricane Matthew Lashes U.S., Are TV Networks the Last Bastion of Climate Denial?

  4. Tom Bates Says:

    If you wiki the subject you find the most hurricanes was in 1886, last year had zero, 33 years had zero hurricanes effect the USA since 1880. Warmer and less hurricanes. Now that is an inconvenient truth.

  5. Tom Bates Says:

    NASA did a study on CO2 forcing it found an increase of 2/10ths of a watt per square meter, That turns out to be an increase of 0.034F. I am pretty sure we are not going to melt anytime soon from 0.034F increase. Changes in earths tilt and orbit are much more forcing than that over 84 times that to be specific. It is going to be a long time before we melt.

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