I’ve been poking around on Judith Curry’s blog, especially this: “Culturally-determined response to climate change.” It’s quite entertaining, especially in section 3: A search for Rationality. Apparently there isn’t much to be found.
If we needed another hint that it is not rationality driving affirmative responses to ‘The climate is changing and human activity is mainly responsible’, this is it.
Also, section 4 had some intriguing observations as well:
Similarly to children, another sub-demographic within irreligious nations at the LHS of Chart 1 where core belief in CCCC prospers more than in the general population, is the elite…The easy acceptance of Greta/CSW by secular elites is not a coincidence.
Yet in countries where religion has long atrophied over generations, newer culture can more easily muscle into elite layers via the provision of high-moral-ground plus emotive persuasion. Subconsciously, the latter features are extremely desirable as shortcuts for promoting / extending an elite profile (see SI Footnote 3), when exhausted religion no longer supplies this service.
Apparently policies that have high virtue signalling aspects do well among the irreligious elites. Is this accurate? Not for me to say, but, as I said, the observations are interesting.