Climate Change Scepticism: Reconsidering How to Respond to Core Criticisms of Climate Science and Policy

Van Rensburg, Willem and W. Head, Brian (2017) Climate Change Scepticism: Reconsidering How to Respond to Core Criticisms of Climate Science and Policy. Sage Open, 7 4 : 1-11. doi:10.1177/2158244017748983


Author Van Rensburg, Willem
W. Head, Brian
Title Climate Change Scepticism: Reconsidering How to Respond to Core Criticisms of Climate Science and Policy
Journal name Sage Open   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2158-2440
2158-2440
Publication date 2017-12-18
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/2158244017748983
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 7
Issue 4
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject 1200 Arts and Humanities
3300 Social Sciences
Abstract The contextual drivers of climate change scepticism are well described and explained in the literature. A key assumption underlying most of the scholarly constructions of the sceptical phenomenon is that the key objections raised by sceptics to climate science and climate policy proposals represent some form of submerged deception or self-delusion on their part. This article refocuses attention on sceptics’ central criticisms, and argues that direct responses to these criticisms should not be neglected in favor of a primary focus on sceptics’ possible inner motivations. The article investigates the core objections raised by sceptics, with particular attention to the views of one prominent Australian sceptic, Andrew Bolt. We argue that some of these objections should be treated as legitimate forms of dissent, and that ongoing constructive responses to such criticisms are necessary to counter the impact of climate change scepticism.
Keyword climate change denial
Scepticism
Anthropogenic global warming
Leximancer analysis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes http://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/Mcrqc7ETxYZKwPwD8vcU/full http://journals.sagepub.com/toc/sgoa/7/4

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