Outraged by the unsavory tactics of climate change deniers, physicist Christopher Keating says he'll give $10,000 to anyone who can use the scientific method to prove that human-instigated climate change isn't real.
Keating has been involved in one way or another with climate change for the past three decades. He's been a professor of physics for over 20 years and has taught at the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
He recently issued a bit of a tirade via PRWeb, claiming that climate change deniers are using the same methods as the tobacco industry, and pointing to their claims as evidence.
"Compare the claims of deniers of today to the people that denied a link between tobacco and lung disease and see how similar they are," he writes. "The tobacco people funded certain scientists to undermine valid research. 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 the science of climate change science is so overwhelming that the only way we can deny global warming is to deny science itself.
"Greenhouse gases are on the rise and the effects are evident: The earth is getting warmer, weather everywhere is changing, the oceans are warming at an alarming rate and ice caps are melting," he says. "Everywhere you look you see evidence of global warming. This isn't something that is only going to occur in the future, it is happening right now."
To that end, Keating is offering two prizes: One that will pay $10,000 to anyone who can prove — via the scientific method — that anthropogenic climate change is not real, and one that will pay $1,000 to anyone who can provide any scientific evidence at all that it isn't real.
"I'm a scientist and I have to go where the science leads me. I have been studying climate change for a long time and I am certain my money is safe," he adds. "They are in the business of denial and deception, not science. But, if someone could give me a scientific proof global warming isn't real, it would be worth the money."
More at his blog, DialoguesonGlobalWarming.blogspot.com.