Puritans and pragmatists: how climate change sceptics engage the climate policy debate

van Rensburg, Willem (2012) Puritans and pragmatists: how climate change sceptics engage the climate policy debate. Public Policy, 7 2: 199-216.

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Author van Rensburg, Willem
Title Puritans and pragmatists: how climate change sceptics engage the climate policy debate
Journal name Public Policy
ISSN 1833-2110
Publication date 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 7
Issue 2
Start page 199
End page 216
Total pages 18
Place of publication Perth, W.A., Australia
Publisher Curtin University of Technology
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Climate change sceptics often argue from a principled position that climate policies are unnecessary because human emissions of greenhouse gases are not the primary driver of climate change. Scholars claim that this stance is in fact motivated by a deep-seated individualistic worldview and represents an attempt to preserve 'business-as-usual'. This article investigates the policy preferences of a range of climate change sceptics in Australia and finds that the 'business-as-usual' characterisation obscures differences amongst climate change sceptics about the utility of climate policies as well as how to respond to existing climate policies. A significant 'pragmatist' tendency that both accepts the reality of climate policies and seeks to guide climate policy in preferred directions is found amongst sceptics. The article concludes that there are areas of potential conceptual convergence between the pragmatic sceptic and mainstream climate discourses that could be communicatively exploited to build support for current climate policies.
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