It’s an ill wind

by Richard on October 8, 2012

FP.com: How climate change denial has benefited from the recession

In a paper published in May in the journal Global Environmental Change, University of Connecticut political scientist Lyle Scruggs laid out the case that the economy — not Climategate, not Fox News — explains the decline in concern over the issue. More than 30 years of survey data show that people’s fears about the environment track more closely with the ups and downs of the economy than with any other trend.

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Mark Byron 10.09.12 at 1:41 am

From an economic standpoint, climate change prevention might be seen as a luxury good; in tough times, people are more worried about making ends meet and not worried about possible future problems.

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Richard 10.09.12 at 9:25 am

I get that, but treating climate change action as a luxury good is fundamentally irrational. (See also my comment on the Big bang theory thread)

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Neil 10.09.12 at 3:56 pm

I agree its irrational - but any excuse will do that’s why you have to bring peak oil into the argument. It has an immediacy that climate change lacks.

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Richard 10.09.12 at 4:02 pm

That’s a fair point.

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