Are high CO2 emitters less intensely concerned about climate change?

The scatter chart below shows the relationship between a country’s concern for climate change and the amount of CO2 it emits per capita. The original source  zooms in and limits the y-axis between 8 and 12 on the climate change concern index. As result, it visually suggests a relatively strong correlation that high CO2 emitting countries are less concerned with climate change. Displaying the entire working range of the y-axis still suggests this correlation but it is less visually strong (note that lowest value concern index possible is 3).

Scatter chart of climate change concern and CO2 emission

Scatter plot showing correlation between a country’s climate change concern and CO2 emissions

The scatter chart was built using with PowerPoint using the Aploris charts add-in. Data provided by Pew Research Center.

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