Christopher Flavell, in an article about climate denialism, interviews Harvard professor Vanessa Williamson:
Williamson attributed the receptiveness of Tea Party supporters to two widespread views: First, the coastal elite looks down on people in Middle America; second, the government wants to exert ever-more control, and will use any pretext to do it.
“There’s a general perception that the government wants to expand its power,” Williamson told me. “That discussion felt sincere to me.”
That sincere fear, Williamson said, has convinced Tea Party supporters that the coastal elites (a group that includes scientists) is manufacturing evidence around climate change. The aim, in their view, is to undo the American way of life — big cars, big homes, suburban sprawl — and make the heartland look more like the coasts.
This seems accurate to me; in conversation with climate deniers, they’ve often brought up those two themes. What do y’all think?
And is there any way of persuading someone with these beliefs that the scientific consensus is in fact true?
P.S. Hi Sydney!