Study: Fossil Fuel Interests ‘Coached’ Conservatives to Reject Climate Science in US and Australia, Study Finds

This article discusses how fossil fuel industry coaches deniers in denying the climate change science.

There’s a widely held belief that when it comes to human-caused climate change, you’re far less likely to accept the science if you lean toward the right of the political spectrum.

But a new study just published in the journal Nature Climate Change suggests that this link between conservative values and climate “skepticism” holds strongest in the U.S. and Australia, and less so in Canada, where fossil fuel vested interests are high.

The research, carried out at the University of Queensland in Australia, also found people who accepted conspiracy theories were more likely to reject climate science, but this effect is restricted to the U.S.

Psychology professor Matthew Hornsey, who led the study, told Guardian Australia: “I think it’s all about vested interests.”

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