Climate scientists aren't confused about climate change, but some members of the public and politicians are. In my view, the topic became politiziced when Al Gore became a major spokesperson for the issue. Often the messenger is as important as the message. But those in the oil business have been caught funding a confusion campaign. And many are subconsciously or consciously afraid of the policy and moral implications if they accept climate change as real and human-caused.
So how do we teach the public and our kids how to distinguish fact from self-serving fiction? This study shows that 'alternative facts' do in fact work to confuse people. But you can inoculate them by first deconstructing politicized messaging.