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Physicist offers $10,000 for anyone to scientifically disprove climate change

Jun 23, 2014

In the actual scientific community, there is a 97% consensus that humans are causing and exacerbating climate change. However, in the non-scientific community, there are many who still believe the subject is open to debate, and that the only reason so many scientists agree on climate change being a thing is because all the ones who disagree are being “censored” or something. Just like they censor all the scientists who can totally prove that the earth is flat. Because of these geniuses, we have to keep pretending as though there is some kind of real debate on the issue. Which, let’s just say it, is ridiculous. It’s like if I thought Omaha was a state rather than a city and went about insisting that every article someone write on Omaha included the caveat that “some people” believe that Omaha is actually a state because honestly it kind of sounds like one.

These people often believe that there is actual scientific evidence disproving climate change. There, of course, is not. But to further nail this down–in the spirit of James Randi’s Million Dollar Psychic Challenge–physicist Dr. Christopher Keating is willing to give $10,000 of his own money to anyone willing to hand him some. It doesn’t even have to be their own research. Hypothetically, one of these climate change deniers could just hand him evidence that someone else came up with.

Here are the rules, via Dialogues on Global Warming:

1. 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;

2. There is no entry fee;

3. You must be 18 years old or older to enter;

4. Entries do not have to be original, they only need to be first;

5. I am the final judge of all entries but will provide my comments on why any entry fails to prove the point.

This seems pretty simple, but although the contest has been around for a couple weeks, Keating has yet to receive any entries. He also hasn’t received any entries for his other contest, which offers $1000 for a single piece of scientific evidence “to anyone that can show there is valid scientific evidence indicating man made global warming is not real. It doesn’t have to prove man made global warming is not real, it just needs to be valid scientific evidence against it.” So hey, let’s give this a signal boost!

I mean, I’m sure that if all these people are so very sure that there is no such thing as climate change, that surely they can come up with one itty bitty piece of evidence disproving it. Then again, one would also think that if the Koch brothers really did believe they could prove that climate change isn’t real, that–with all their vast money–they could set up their own scientific research center and then proceed to do so. Which, you know, they haven’t. They’re still complaining that all the “evidence” against it is being censored. Even though they clearly have enough money to de-censor it if they wanted to.

So hey, if you don’t believe in climate change and want some free money, I suggest you give this a go. We’re all rooting for you.

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