People are more likely to trust climate scientists if they make energy efficient choices in their own lives.

Of Climate Science and Hypocrisy

In an article by InsideClimate News reporter Lisa Song and cross-published here at Undark, we learn about new research suggesting that climate scientists need to practice what they preach. That is to say: They are considered more trustworthy by the general public if they are perceived to be leading low-carbon lifestyles themselves.

Whether or not that’s fair is an open question. “Personal responsibility plays a role,” Michael Mann, a climate scientist at Penn State University, said in a recent Facebook post, “but any real solution is going to require policy change at the highest level, including a price on carbon.”

What are your thoughts?