We’ve just released the results of our STATS/Harris Interactive survey of climate experts and among the interesting findings (no surprise that there’s little disagreement about the basic fact that yes, the earth is warming and we’re at least partly to blame) is that Al Gore’s movie, An Inconvenient Truth, is rated as more reliable than any media source:
Only 1% of climate scientists rate either broadcast or cable television news about climate change as “very reliable.” Another 31% say broadcast news is “somewhat reliable,” compared to 25% for cable news. (The remainder rate TV news as “not very” or “not at all” reliable.) Local newspapers are rated as very reliable by 3% and somewhat reliable by 33% of scientists. Even the national press (New York Times, Wall St. Journal etc) is rated as very reliable by only 11%, although another 56% say it is at least somewhat reliable.
Former Vice President Al Gore’s documentary film “An Inconvenient Truth” rates better than any traditional news source, with 26% finding it “very reliable” and 38% as somewhat reliable. Other non-traditional information sources fare poorly: No more than 1% of climate experts rate the doomsday movie “The Day After Tomorrow” or Michael Crichton’s novel “State of Fear” as very reliable.
For more detail, including the results of who’s been pressured to say what by the forces of government, check out the full release here.
We’ve also published a long look into climate modeling: just how reliable are climate models?