A nationally televised 'debate' on global warming followed by a viewers' poll has delivered a landslide result: 77% don't believe global warming is man made.
The debate featured yours truly, as author of Air Con, and multi-millionaire Gareth Morgan, who spent $500,000 on two teams of scientists to advise him about climate change, and then sided with the global warming believers in his book Poles Apart.
Although only a 10 minute segment on the top-rating 7pm Close Up show, in a format that didn't lend itself to explicit detail, nonetheless viewers picked up the main points.
Asked "Whose views on climate change do you believe?", an overwhelming 77% voted with the skeptic position, while only 23% believe global warming is human caused.
The number of votes received was not released, but similar viewer polls on the same programme in the past have attracted up to 20,000 responses, off an average audience of between 700,000 to 800,000 IIRC.
Tonight's result is a stunning indication – I believe – of the damage to the credibility of the climate science community caused by Climategate.
The poll illustrates that with nearly 90% of the population wired online now, mainstream media can no longer assume that just because they refuse to cover a story, nobody will hear about it.
UPDATE: now on Youtube (h/t Ropata)
Meanwhile, for those who haven't already seen it, here's part one of my own video take on climate;