Date of Award

Spring 2017

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Major

Public Policy & Law

First Advisor

Rachel Moskowitz

Second Advisor

Adrienne Fulco

Abstract

Many Americans do not believe in the existence of climate change, and even those who believe climate change exists often seriously underestimate its potential harms as predicted by the world's best scientific organizations. Most political scholars agree that much higher consensus among American citizens is necessary to create necessary policy reform to mitigate climate change, both in the US and at large. However, there are also organizations who actively wish to deter and decrease belief in climate change among US citizens, not for the sake of scientific skepticism, but for personal benefit from preventing policy reform. This text examines what these institutions are, how they manipulate psychological variables among climate deniers to maximize the salience of their message, and how we may best reduce (and even reverse) these messages' impacts.

Comments

Senior thesis completed at Trinity College, Hartford Connecticut for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and law.