“Labor politicians are more influenced by scientists than Liberal/National politicians – 85% of Labor politicians are highly influenced by this group compared to 44% of Liberal/National politicians,” Dr Fielding said.
I watched that ABC lateline report & when I saw that percentage of conservative politicians at 44% & was hoping the question was going to be asked that was begging. If you aren’t influenced by the scientists, then who ARE you influenced by? Lobby groups? Bloggers? Journalists?
Do they apply the same logic to other professions? For medical, engineering, legal, economical, military etc etc, ask the bloggers & journalists?]]>
The research you have carried out with Kelly Fielding and others is highly important for bringing the political issue into an Australian context, but it simply confirms what has long been identified as an issue in the US.
One could quote other international sources showing a politicized attitude to climate change, dividing “conservatives” and “progressives”. We both agree that the problem of overcoming the power of climate denialism is getting increasingly urgent, which makes the research so important. But unfortunately the findings are not surprising.