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What the f**k motivates climate change deniers? You can understand greed as a motivation for energy companies etc. but what does the average person have to gain from denying clear scientific fact?

Well for those on the right who deny climate change (and it's still largely a right wing sport, at least in the states) do so because of basic suspicion of 'big government' which they see as trying to tie down the essential entrepreneurial spirit of the citizenry by getting in the way of money generation through increased taxes on emissions, etc - and also a basic mistrust of those dastardly scientists who've been going around telling everyone the earth isn't just 6,000 years old.....

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What the f**k motivates climate change deniers? You can understand greed as a motivation for energy companies etc. but what does the average person have to gain from denying clear scientific fact?

For many of them its a vicarious sense of being as intelligent as a research scientist. You memorize a few lines ("climate has changed before", "the hockeystick has broken", "no warming since 1998") and you just shout that when someone produces a really complex piece of analysis that took a team 3 years to work out. There is a name for the phenomena the DK Effect

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http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/04/sellafield-cleanup-costs-rise-by-5bn-in-year

Sellafield cleanup costs rise by £5bn in year, says watchdog

Pay for an awful lot of windmills. :rolleyes:

53bln - Anyone still want to claim that it provides cheap power?

Meanwhile Scotland is punished for being too far from London, subsidising the transmission of electricity and a review of which the regulator continues to pospone.

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Longannet to close.

I have been banging the drum about grid connection costs but the real consquences are now being felt in Scotland. The subsidy provided to English consumers needs to be overhauled - I don't know of any other industry that penalises the supplier for where the customer lives.

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