Most climate change deniers are right wing and left-wing climate change deniers are rare. To tackle climate change we need the values and strengths of people on the right just as much as those on the left. So we need to understand why it is mainly right-wingers who are against action on climate change.
Logically there’s no connection so you’d expect deniers to be evenly distributed across the political spectrum.
I think it’s to do with the ability to empathise. If you empathise with people really well, you might want a kind of politics which seeks to help people out. And you don’t mind sharing some of your income, via taxation, for that purpose. Similarly, to feel worried about climate change you have to have special powers of empathy across time (2050) and space (Africa). So, if someone has lots of empathy, they are more likely to be both quite “left wing” and also worried about climate change.
If someone has less ability to empathise, they might be more individualistic and more likely to think that a chap should pull up his socks and get on his bike and they will be less worried about the effects of climate change. Otherwise, I can’t see a logical connection between political belief and concern about climate change.
The worry is this: if it is about empathy, and if empathy is relatively hard-wired in people’s brains (such it might take at least a serious shock to reset that, for example), then we are simply never going to have a political consensus to act strongly on climate change. Someone might understand there is a problem, but they aren’t going to be worried about it if they can’t empathise.
This needs to be better understood and addressed if we want to create consensus across society on this question.