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Climate Debate in Word Clouds: #climatechange, Pew Center Blog,

Climate Debate in Word Clouds: #climatechange, Pew Center Blog,

Like it or not, climate change is now part of the “culture wars.” Like abortion, gun control, and health care, climate change divides conversations along political battle lines of left versus right . But if you listen closely to what is being said, you will find that people are talking past each other, engaged in a debate that has little to do with an evaluation of climate science. Instead, it is a clash about values, beliefs, and worldviews. Opinions are based largely on ideological filters that people use to understand complex issues, influenced strongly by the cultural groups of which they are a part and the opinions of thought-leaders and pundits whom they trust. The arguments are constructed around the frames by which people view the science, not the science itself. To explore this further, I studied the language used by opposing sides of this debate (what I call the ...

Full article: http://www.pewclimate.org/blog/hoffmana/climate-debate-wo...

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