Culture, Politics

Study: Econuts Are Hypocrites on the Environment

A landmark study of Americans has produced some surprising results which, frankly, shouldn’t be all that surprising after all.

Pacific Standard tracked 600 Americans for a full year to gauge both their attitudes and their behaviors with respect to ‘climate change’.

Those surveys were divided into three categories: ‘skeptic’, ‘believers’, and ‘cautiously worried’.

One might assume skeptics would be the least likely to recycle, use public transportation, etc. Nope.

The study found exactly the opposite. Similarly, ‘believers’ were less likely to engage in environmentally-friendly behavior.

The authors contend that voting liberally, donating to environmental groups and other activities justify their hypocritical buying habits and behaviors.

But we knew that already, didn’t we?

Somewhere over the globe, Al Gore is planning his next doomsday speech aboard his private jet.

Here’s more from Hotair…

A year-long study of 600 Americans placed them into three distinct categories—”believers,” “cautiously worried,” and “skeptics”—based on their self-stated level of concern over climate change. Not surprisingly, believers were most likely to support federal policies to address the problem while skeptics were least likely to support such policies. But the researchers also found a result which seemed counter-intuitive. From Pacific Standard:

While policy preferences of group members tracked with their beliefs, their behaviors largely did not: Skeptics reported using public transportation, buying eco-friendly products, and using reusable bags more often than those in the other two categories.

This pattern was found consistently through the year, leading the researchers to conclude that “belief in climate change does not appear to be a necessary or sufficient condition for pro-environmental behavior.”

Hall and his colleagues can only speculate about the reasons for their results. But regarding the concerned but inactive, the psychological phenomenon known as moral licensing is a likely culprit.

Previous research has found doing something altruistic—even buying organic foods—gives us license to engage in selfish activity. We’ve “earned” points in our own mind. So if you’ve pledged some money to Greenpeace, you feel entitled to enjoying the convenience of a plastic bag.

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