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$30,000 to the First Person Who Can Prove Man-Made Climate Change Isn’t Real

Physicist Christopher Keating’s challenge to climate skeptics goes viral

Think you can prove that man-made climate change is a flat-out lie fabricated by the green Left? Well, you may just be in luck. Christopher Keating, a Texas-based physicist who has taught at the University of South Dakota and the US Naval Academy, will pay $30,000 to the first person who can prove, using the scientific method, that man-made global climate change is a farce.

photoname Photo by Andrea ZeppilliKeating says he's sure he'll never have to pay up because scientific evidence for the causes
of global warming is overwhelming.

Keating set up this unusual competition out of sheer outrage that climate change skeptics continue to deny the science surrounding human-caused climate change. “I am willing to put my money where my mouth is,” Keating posted on his blog, Dialogues on Global Warming. “But, I am sure I will never have to because it can’t be proven. The scientific evidence for global warming is overwhelming and no one can prove otherwise.”

The prize was initially set at $10,000, to be distributed out of Keating’s personal savings, but was boosted to $30,000 in June of this year thanks to two $10,000 donations.

This isn’t the first time Keating has posed this challenge. “I first started it in 2007 on a different website and I brought back this [current] challenge in the spring of 2012, so it’s been around for a while,” he told the Journal on Friday. The cash prize for the original 2007 challenge was only $1,000.

Keating says news of the current challenge went viral following a PRWeb piece promoting his new book, Undeniable: Dialogues on Global Warming, which mentioned the challenge and directed readers to his blog.

Can George Carlin’s comedy routine prove global warming a hoax? One competitor certainly thinks so.

The response, Keating says, has been overwhelming. “It’s pretty crazy. I think I’ve gotten about 50 submissions so far,” he said. They range from to bad but sincere, to absolutely dreadful…. One person submitted a comedy routine by George Carlin as proof!”

Confident about the lack of any valid climate-denier evidence, Keating has a second challenge on his blog: $1,000 “to the first person who can show there is any scientific evidence that refutes the conclusion of man made climate change” (emphasis added).

Keating is the sole judge of submissions to the competition, and has been responding to all the entries via his blog where he explains why they do — or more likely, do not — meet the competition criteria. “I think I’ve responded to close to 30 [submissions] so far,” he said. “It’s definitely keeping me busy.” Though all this is turning into quite a time-suck right now, Keating says he’s quite enjoying himself.

The competition will close on July 31, 2014. Keating set a deadline this time for sanity’s sake. “People have gotten pretty, let’s just say, involved,” he said. “There are a lot of colorful comments flying back and forth.”

Despite many spirited submissions, it appears that the scientist’s money will be safe. “I made my challenges for a purpose and think I’m achieving it,” Keating said

Zoe Loftus-Farren
Zoe Loftus-Farren is managing editor of Earth Island Journal. In addition to her work with the Journal, her writing has appeared in Civil Eats, Alternet,, and Truthout, among other outlets. She also holds a law degree from Berkeley Law, where she studied environmental law and policy.

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Why would anyone have to prove whats known already?  This should be “prove man made global warming is real.”  But it never will be because no one can prove something that isnt real.  Total bs.

By Wolf on Tue, September 30, 2014 at 2:47 am

This is just plain silly. ALL scientists who challenge the fanatical “consensus” KNOW that climate change is real and that human activity has an effect. Rather than the paltry 97% of consensus scientists, I’m talking about 100% of dissenting scientists who agree that that is true. So, this challenge is only a stupid pet trick designed to fool the ignorant. If he’s serious, I challenge him to bet that the oceans will rise 5 inches within the next decade or quarter century, and then allow us “deniars” to buy a piece of that bet. He’d have to put the money in escrow, I don’t trust progressives to keep their word or accept responsibility for their foolishness.

By Brad Fregger on Mon, July 14, 2014 at 10:57 pm

You can’t prove a negative. I could offer the same reward for anyone that can prove Leprechauns don’t exist. The burden of proof lies with the people making the claim that their climate model is correct.
Even the following observations can’t disprove Leprechauns, or man made Global Warming.
1) So far, the GW predictions have all failed.
2) Fraud was exposed when the East Anglia emails were released.
3) the temperature data is subjected to a fudge factor, to compensate for local environmental changes over time.
4) No one has captured a Leprechaun.

Bertrand Russell explained the issue best with his cosmic teapot example.

Russell’s teapot, sometimes called the celestial teapot or cosmic teapot, is an analogy to illustrate that the philosophic burden of proof lies upon a person making scientifically unfalsifiable claims rather than shifting the burden of proof to others. Russell wrote that if he claims that a teapot orbits the Sun somewhere in space between the Earth and Mars, it is nonsensical for him to expect others to believe him on the grounds that they cannot prove him wrong.

No one can disprove Global Warming or Leprechauns. It doesn’t mean either is real.

By JoeG on Mon, July 14, 2014 at 10:14 pm

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