The Department of Politics and International Studies invites you to their next seminar.
Friday 31 March
4.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Level 4, Napier Building
All welcome: No registration required
In Australia and the USA, conservative politicians exhibit far lower levels of belief in anthropogenic climate change than do their progressive party counterparts, and this is reflected among the general public. As is currently obvious in relation to electricity supply security in Australia, this polarisation and the consequent inconsistency of policy make effective response to climate change difficult. Relying on Australian public opinion, the psychological foundations of political orientation, cognitive science, and the psychology of decision making, this paper will argue that climate contrarianism has willy-nilly become a primary defining issue for the conservative political elite, an important part of what it means to be a conservative and its value in that role has displaced the need to do anything effective about it.