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Energy Economics

Intolerance Predicts Climate Skepticism

Journal Article
Johansson, Alva, Niclas Berggren and Therese Nilsson (2022). “Intolerance Predicts Climate Skepticism”. Energy Economics 105, 105719.

Alva Johansson, Niclas Berggren, Therese Nilsson

While there is almost unanimous consent among scientists that climate change is real and has detrimental consequences, there is a sizable number of people who are skeptical towards these propositions and who are not worried by climate change. In an attempt to understand the basis of climate skepticism, we look at the role of intolerance, a culturally transmitted attitude to the effect that people with certain characteristics are not to be respected.