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People who don’t accept climate change also don’t accept that it’s hot

People who don’t accept climate change also don’t accept that it’s hot

WHAT? NO. I’M PERFECTLY COMFORTABLE. Yesterday, we noted that people are once again inclined to accept climate change , given how hot it has been. Here’s one thing they may not be willing to accept, however: how hot it has been. Turns out that perception of the temperature is correlated to political belief. To repeat: political philosophy influences whether or not you think a heat wave exists . From Ars Technica : Both droughts and floods passed the simple test. These showed a clear trend in response to precipitation changes, and the trend was in the right direction—people perceived more floods and fewer droughts when there was more rain. And, in the statistical analysis, ideology and political affiliation had a weak effect on the accuracy of recollections, having about as much influence as education. Things were completely different for temperatures. In fact, the actual t...

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