Dr. Christopher Keating is offering $10,000 to anyone who can disprove climate change. He calls his offer “The $10,000 Global Warming Skeptic challenge.” Its his own money that’s available, and it’s available to anyone over the age of 18 who uses the scientific method to prove that climate change is not happening.
He will be the final judge of the entries. Someone on his blog submitted a link to a study, but that is not proof, Dr. Keating said. The challenge participants have to submit their own proofs and then he will critique them.
Of course, no one is going to be able to disprove it. His contest almost seems like Republican baiting. Think Rush Limbaugh, and some of his wacky climate change comments over the years. One of the most recent comments is simply hilarious: “The point is, they, these climate scientists, try to tell you they do know. But if you can just try to get your mind around this one concept, how do we know that what it is when we happen to be alive is what is normal for all time? Because these deviations are only relevant if what is happening now is normal. Well, let’s say, for example, that the warming they claim, let’s just play a little hypothetical, let’s say it is warming, even though it isn’t, let’s say it’s warming and we’re headed for the devastation that these people say is waiting for us a hundred years from now. Well, what if that’s what’s normal is? What if where we’re going is what normal is? How do we know?”
So, if devastation becomes the new norm, that makes it acceptable? It would be great if he would try to disprove climate change in the challenge and have all his ideas refuted in public.
Keating’s challenge is reminiscent of the one offered by James Randi, though his was for one million dollars and focused on the paranormal. The Australian Skeptics Society has a $100,000 prize for anyone that can demonstrate ESP, clairvoyance, telepathy or similar abilities. These other kinds of challenges may seem completely unrelated to climate change, but some have claimed that climate change is punishment from God.
“Whap, here comes storms like we’ve never seen before, and here comes floods, and here comes climate stuff that we can’t explain; all of the hot times and all the cold times and not enough rain and too much rain, and we’re flooding over here and we’ve got droughts over here… And today we’re saying ‘oh no, it’s global warming.’ No, we opened a door that lost God’s protection over our environment and that’s our choice,” claimed David Barton.
Have you ever tried to prove or disprove climate change, at least to yourself or to a friend?
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