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Stop preaching to the converted

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Traditional moral arguments fail to persuade conservative climate sceptics. Pope Francis' gifting of his climate encyclical to President Trump prior to his leaving the Paris Agreement shows that even a religious leader's persuasive power is constrained by how his message resonates with conservative moral values.

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  1. College of Media and Communication, Texas Tech University, 3003 15th Street, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79413, USA

    • Asheley R. Landrum
  2. Department of Communication, California State University — Fresno, 5201 North Maple Ave, Mail Stop SA 46, Fresno, California 93740-8027, USA

    • Robert B. Lull

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