Are global warming skeptics anti-science? Or just ignorant about science?I would surmise that the more people know about science, and especially if their knowledge of science is coupled with a knowledge of historic climate trends, the less likely they are to believe that man is capable of creating the kind of chaos about which global warming alarmists whine. It becomes much more obvious that global warming alarmism is more about politics, money and control than it is about real science.
Maybe neither. A study published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change finds that people who are not that worried about the effects of global warming tend to have a slightly higher level of scientific knowledge than those who are worried, as determined by their answers to questions like:
"Electrons are smaller than atoms -- true or false?”
"How long does it take the Earth to go around the Sun? One day, one month, or one year?"
“Lasers work by focusing sound waves -- true or false?”
The quiz, containing 22 questions about both science and statistics, was given to 1,540 representative Americans. Respondents who were relatively less worried about global warming got 57 percent of them right, on average, just barely outscoring those whose who saw global warming as a bigger threat. They got 56 percent of the questions correct.
"As respondents’ science literacy scores increased, their concern with climate change decreased," the paper, which was funded by the National Science Foundation, notes.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Global warming alarmists have tried to suggest that people who oppose the notion of man-made global warming are simply ignorant about science. Not so: