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white males are more likely than are other adults to espouse climate change denial. Further, we find that those
conservative white males who self-report understanding global warming very well— confident conservative white males—
express an even greater degree of climate change denial. The positive correlation between self-reported
understanding of global warming and climate change denial among conservative white males is compelling evidence
that climate change denial is a form of identity-protective cognition, reflecting a system-justifying tendency. While
we have documented that conservative white males contribute disproportionately to climate change denial in the U.S.,
our results indicate that denialism is sufficiently diffuse within the American public that it obviously cannot be
attributed solely to conservative white males. Even controlling for the denialism of conservative white males (and even confident conservative
white males), conservatives (and Republicans),...
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