Why are most climate change deniers right-wing?
In a Guardian thread following on from an article about Ian Plimer (How climate change sceptic Ian Plimer dodges valid criticism) and the way he attempted to dodge criticism (prior to his rather unfortunate thrashing on TV at the hands of a better prepared George Monbiot), the following question was posed: ‘Why are most climate change ‘deniers/refuters/ignorers’ right-wingers?’
It is because of the fundamental divide between the two sides, distinguished by their relationship to change.
The right is essentially reactionary. They want business as usual. They want what they had yesterday because things would then be predictable, measurable. Business as usual is the most profitable paradigm, although it is also impossible to sustain. The right want things not to change, they want no interference by the state that invokes change, they want no regulation except that they impose on themselves, and where regulation exists, they seek to have it nullified. They want their paradigm to be forever the same, even though all history makes one thing utterly clear: change is inevitable.
Warmists on the other hand, view change as potential instead of a threat. We believe that change is the motor of improvement. It is the engine of society and cannot be stymied. It can be harnessed however, and all great improvements to our society must be seeded by change, because without change there can be no improvement, no development, no hope for something better.
The right are ideologically disposed to oppose change, and on the scale of change the theory of AGW implies, they will oppose it with blind fervour and religious intensity, and for my proof I direct you to any thread about the subject. The only other areas in which such polarisation and emotion is displayed is, of course, those with religion at their core. But in this case, it is the notion that change can be thwarted that has all the hallmarks of blind belief, with all the bigotry that comes with it.