Stephan Lewandowsky is interviewed by Robyn Williams of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. His argument that climate science denial correlates with with rightwing ideology is strongly supported by evidence.
Neither education nor intelligence overcomes the influence of ideology, he claims. I am unconvinced that this holds for sufficient amounts of education and intelligence. But the measure of sufficiency may present a high hurdle.
He also suggests that the consensus meme is far more useful. It depends on false consensus as presented by skewed journalism. Very worth a listen.