New study shows why calling people “climate deniers” is not just counterproductive, but stupid too

Watts Up With That?

From the now bankrupt and bereft GAWKER in 2014:


Man-made climate change happens. Man-made climate change kills a lot of people. It’s going to kill a lot more. We have laws on the books to punish anyone whose lies contribute to people’s deaths. It’s time to punish the climate-change liars.

And then there’s the worst of all, the infamous 10:10 video which blew up schoolchildren who didn’t believe.

Fortunately, such ugliness didn’t take root, and sensible people, even those who live on the fringe, have started to reject such things. This study shows why such labeling and ugliness is counterproductive.


Labels play an important role in opinion formation, helping to actively construct perceptions and reality, and to place individuals into context with others. As a highly complex issue, climate change invites a range of different opinions and dialogues about its causes, impacts, and action required. Much work…

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