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dc.contributor.advisorParson, Donn W
dc.contributor.advisorHarris, Scott L
dc.contributor.authorBricker, Brett Jacob
dc.date.accessioned2013-02-17T17:43:57Z
dc.date.available2013-02-17T17:43:57Z
dc.date.issued2012-12-31
dc.date.submitted2012
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/ku:12498
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1808/10830
dc.description.abstractGlobal warming and climate change pose a significant threat to the livelihoods of future generations. Although there is a consensus of qualified climate scientists who believe that scientific evidence supports Anthropogenic Climate Change [ACC] theories, public belief in ACC theories has been much more limited. In this dissertation, I argue that this disjunction between climate scientists and public opinion is a fundamentally rhetorical problem, requiring rhetorical solutions. In four case studies, I analyze the Climategate scandal, discursive strategies of the Heartland Institute, President Obama's environmental arguments and the ozone debates of the 1970s and 1980s to develop a set of persuasive strategies that may help environmental advocates overcome public disbelief in climate science.
dc.format.extent187 pages
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Kansas
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dc.subjectCommunication
dc.subjectEnvironmental studies
dc.subjectClimate science
dc.subjectEcopedagogy
dc.subjectGlobal warming
dc.subjectPublic opinion
dc.titleA Rhetorical Investigation of Public Disbelief in Climate Science
dc.typeDissertation
dc.contributor.cmtememberRowland, Robert C.
dc.contributor.cmtememberInnocenti, Beth
dc.contributor.cmtememberFarmer, Frank
dc.thesis.degreeDisciplineCommunication Studies
dc.thesis.degreeLevelPh.D.
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