View Full Version : "conservatives" vs. CFL's

05-02-2013, 11:59 AM
Or should I say "conservatives" vs. conservation? Or perhaps "conservatives" vs. common sense? Anyway, some clear evidence of the climate change culture war. Regarding a study that gave people a choice between regular light bulbs and CFL's:

Both bulbs were labeled with basic hard data on their energy use, but without a translation of that into climate pros and cons. When the bulbs cost the same, and even when the CFL cost more, conservatives and liberals were equally likely to buy the efficient bulb. But slap a message on the CFL’s packaging that says “Protect the Environment,” and “we saw a significant drop-off in more politically moderates and conservatives choosing that option,” said study author Dena Gromet, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

… Gromet said she never expected the green message to motivate conservatives, but was surprised to find that it could in fact repel them from making a purchase even while they found other aspects, like saving cash on their power bills, attractive. The reason, she thinks, is that given the political polarization of the climate change debate, environmental activism is so frowned upon by those on the right that they’ll do anything to keep themselves distanced from it. http://grist.org/climate-energy/why-do-conservatives-like-to-waste-energy/

05-02-2013, 01:21 PM
Yep. ****ing stupid.