Commitment to such democratic principles is a “nearly universal” predictor of concern for climate change around the world, the study finds—except English-speaking Western democracies where “political party has a large impact.”
The study concludes that attitudes are different in the US because of free-market ideology. This is a classic case of our brains resisting information if we don’t like the implications.
Perhaps the reason totalitarian states tend to deny climate change is that there is a relationship between extractive economies/petro-states and authoritarianism. When a small number of people get wildly rich on a resource, they generally fight to keep the spoils themselves.
I wonder where China fits in this study. They’re investing heavily in clean energy but aren’t fans of unfettered democracy.
Climate Deniers Are More Likely to Hate Democracy - VICE https://apple.news/AUL6miMEUTyKEX0A7Nz0o0A