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Is Climate Change a Hoax? Not According to Scientists

Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Eugenie C. Scott

March 5, 2014

Nahm Auditorium
W.C. Morris Building
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, Missouri

Scientists in general and especially climate researchers are convinced by the evidence that the Earth has been warming since the Industrial Revolution, and that the rate of change in the last 30 years has been unusually rapid. There is similar agreement that human activities are a primary driver of this change. Yet a substantial proportion of citizens deny this consensus, although they don't deny other scientific conclusions. Research suggests that the primary motivation for such science denial isn't the perceived quality of the science, but rather ideological views that conflict with perceived consequences that would occur if climate change truly is occurring.