Because of the mounting political and economic stakes of dealing with climate change, this global environmental problem has become extremely controversial in the US, and American efforts to deal with it have provoked a significant degree of denial—both of the reality of climate change and of its status as a problem deserving amelioration.
JC comment. The above is the first para in the paper. It is the only place where they come close to defining climate change denial. Do you know anyone that denies the reality of climate change? I sure don’t. Many people on their “denier” list probably also agree that the problem deserves some attention. It seems that “denier” really means people that don’t support emissions targets. This whole group of sociologists working in this area seems not to have given much thought to what actually characterizes “deniers.”
JC conclusion: This article is notable primarily for coining the term “cool dudes” in the context of climate change “denial.” My main reaction to this is to question how social scientists, who actually study this, can be so clueless about the whole thing. Perhaps someone needs to develop a demographic and behavioural theory about social scientists who write about climate change “deniers.”