A physicist is promising to pay $10,000 to anyone who can prove that humans aren’t the cause of global warming.
Dr. Christopher Keating, who previously taught at the University of South Dakota and the U.S. Naval Academy, created the “The $10,000 Global Warming Skeptic Challenge!”
“I will award $10,000 of my own money to anyone that can prove, via the scientific method, that man-made global climate change is not occurring,” Keating wrote on his blog earlier this month.
There is no entry fee and the rules are as follows: you must be 18 years old or older to enter; entries do not have to be original, they only need to be first; and I am the final judge of all entries but will provide my comments on why any entry fails to prove the point.
“They are even free to find proof on the Internet and cut and paste it,” Keating told The College Fix in an email.
“Deniers actively claim that science is on their side and there is no proof of man-made climate change,” he explained. Meanwhile, he says, evidence proving climate change is man-made is “overwhelming.”
He compared climate deniers to tobacco executives who denied smoking causes cancer.
“The tobacco people funded certain scientists to undermine valid research,” he said. “At the same time, they called into question the ability of scientist receiving government funding to remain unbiased. They claimed lung disease was just a natural event. Climate change deniers today are making the same arguments about global warming."
He says deniers work to “fool the public into not believing the scientists.”
When asked if he was really willing to shell out $10,000, he said: “Absolutely! This is not a bluff.”
“If I am a fraud, then I will be held up as an example of how climate scientists everywhere are frauds,” he said. “So, I am stuck with having to be honest about it.”