23 Apr '12, 3pm

The biggest impact climate deniers seem to be having? Annoying environmentalists. And that's about it!

It’s hard sometimes to ignore climate deniers: They’re so wrong! About everything! But the biggest impact they seem to be having is just that: annoying environmentalists. Denialist campaigns have had little influence on the 30 percent of people who are skeptical about climate science, ABC News reports . The one thing that does change those people’s opinions? The weather. This insight into the brains of “people who have low confidence in scientists” — the same people who are likely to believe in global warming one year and not the next — comes from Jon Krosnick, a Stanford University professor who studies public opinion on climate and energy. According to his research, belief in global warming doesn’t vacillate all that much in response to denialists’ work. But a year of extreme weather can gin up belief in climate change. As GristList noted last week , people really don’t ...

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