Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Public Policy & Law
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.
Mickolas, David A., "Dismantling the Climate Denial Machine: Theory and Methods". Senior Theses, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 2017.
Trinity College Digital Repository, http://digitalrepository.trincoll.edu/theses/665
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