Climate change skeptics

About half of the people in the UK doubt that global climate change is man-made. My experience of Aussies so far is that the percentage here must be at least that high. Why do so many people doubt what the vast majority of scientists agree on?

According to Ben Goldacre, there are a few reasons:

  • We’re predisposed to undervalue bad news that will only affect people far in the future.
  • We tend to look for flaws in arguments for things we don’t really want to do.
  • Climate change is complex science.
  • We’ve seen governments distort, ignore, misrepresent, or waffle on science before, so we don’t trust them.
  • The media gives more attention to contrarian headline-grabbing viewpoints than they should, because they grab readers.
  • “Zombie” arguments that keep getting brought up no matter how oftenthey’re refuted.