Biased Sample, Maybe?
This rather breathless article about how Al Gore “got the science right” in An Inconvienent Truth could very well be suffering from a biased sample.
The former vice president’s movie — replete with the prospect of a flooded New York City, an inundated Florida, more and nastier hurricanes, worsening droughts, retreating glaciers and disappearing ice sheets — mostly got the science right, said all 19 climate scientists who had seen the movie or read the book and answered questions from The Associated Press.
The AP contacted more than 100 top climate researchers by e-mail and phone for their opinion. Among those contacted were vocal skeptics of climate change theory. Most scientists had not seen the movie, which is in limited release, or read the book.
Out of 100 contacted only 19 replied and said the movie was accurate. Is it much of a stretch to think that people, scientists included, who went to see the movie are likely to be those who already agree with anthrophogenic global warming hypothesis? What would make this article look less like a sycophantic load of rubbish would be break down on those 19 scientists. Are they believers of the hypothesis or not?