Physicist Christopher Keating, who has taught at the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, is offering $10,000 to anyone who can prove that man-made climate change isn’t real by using the scientific method, io9 reports.
Keating, who is the author of the recent book Undeniable: Dialogues on Global Warming, has been involved with climate change studies for over 30 years. Announcing the challenge via his blog, Dialogues On Global Warming, Keating is offering a $10,000 prize to anyone who can disprove anthropogenic climate change, as well as $1,000 to anyone who can present any scientific evidence at all that climate change isn’t real.
“I am certain my money is safe,” says Keating, who recently spoke to PRWeb, asserting that climate change deniers are utilizing the same tactics that the tobacco industry did when it attempted to deny the link between their products and lung disease. Keating even contends that some of the same people who worked for the tobacco industry are currently involved in climate change denial, saying “They are very good at deceiving people and they learned from their mistakes.” Keating says that the tobacco industry funded scientists to undermine “valid research,” while calling into question the ability of any scientists receiving government funding to remain unbiased. “Climate change deniers today are making the same arguments about global warming,” Keating claims.
Funding is also a crucial part of Keating’s argument. He points to a recent Drexel University study which shows that nearly $560 million in funding has been given to groups that focus on climate change denial over the last eight years. When traced back to their sources, many of those funds can be linked with organizations who have ties to the fossil fuel industry.
Keating says that the evidence for global warming is so ubiquitous that the only way to deny that climate change is real is to deny science. As The Inquisitr recently reported, the NOAA announced that this past May was the hottest in recorded history, though records only stretch back to the mid-20th century. “Four of the five hottest Mays on record occurred in the past five years,” according to the NOAA, a fact that seems to lend credence to Keating’s argument.
As for his climate change challenge, Keating is planning to post responses on his blog, along with comments. While he has already received several submissions, Keating says that consumers will continue to pay the costs associated with global warming, pointing out that “We are already seeing increases in the cost of utilities, insurance, food and many more things due to climate change.”