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We perhaps had assumed that ignorance or merely stupidity was responsible for the rabid climate denialism which occurs in the Republican party, but a new study from the Journal of Climatic Change shows that it's all about the money and that it is an entrenched belief system.
Using data from the 2010 General Social Survey, this article looks at the moderating effect of party identification on income in predicting climate change beliefs in the U.S. Probing this interaction reveals that increased income predicts a higher probability of dismissing climate dangers among Republican-leaning individuals when compared with Independents and Democrats. Alternatively, increased income predicts a higher probability of ranking climate change as the most important environmental problem facing the United States among Democratic-leaning individuals compared with Republicans. The results indicate that income only predicts climate change beliefs in the presence of certain political orientations, with poorer Republicans less likely to dismiss climate change dangers than their affluent counterparts.
There has been much analysis as to why republicans seem to accept such totally outlandish and simply idiotic B.S. such as: trickle down will make everyone prosperous, deregulation is the path to economic nirvana even nonsense such as the President is from Kenya. This study makes more sense to me because it's all about the money. I have had experience with individuals who place their personal economic interests above anything else including the survival of their own species and even the health and safety of their own children and families and it's not pretty. Their lives are dictated by avarice and selfishness.
How do we fight them? Reason will not work forget about that. We must fight them by direct confrontation, obstruction and building greater power.