Junkscience.com would love nothing more than to pay you $125,000 to cause a catastrophic increase in global warming.
Up 25 percent from the original promise of a cool $100,000 in cash, the people at Junkscience.com have increased their reward for someone who can scientifically prove them wrong and show that drastic climate change is an imminent danger for the world.
The contest, dramatically titled, “The Ultimate Global Warming Challenge,” announced the increase in the prize money, and Steven J. Milloy, founder and publisher of JunkScience.com, has used the event as an opportunity to once again challenge those who believe in the threat posed by global warming — specifically, former Vice President Al Gore, presenter of “An Inconvenient Truth.”
“If it’s a matter of money, Al Gore and the alarmists should just come out and tell us what sum it will cost the rest of us to see what proof they have,” said Mr. Milloy, who assures everyone that he and his backers are good for the money and have every intention to pay out to anyone who can prove them wrong, adding that he is putting his “name and reputation on the line.”
Mr. Milloy’s site has posted a popular video on Youtube.com — titled “Can You Save Al Gore?” — that depicts a cartoon-version of Mr. Gore on a slowly melting iceberg being mocked by the narrator for his statements in “An Inconvenient Truth.” The video, which also serves as an advertisement for the contest, has been viewed more than 20,000 times, and has sparked intense debate from both supporters and detractors on the video’s “Comments & Responses” section.
Though Mr. Milloy is “very surprised” at the lack of any entrants to his contest thus far, there is plenty of time for anyone to submit an entry to disprove him. Contestants may submit proof any time before Dec. 1, 2008, immediately following the presidential election, and a winner, if one is found, will be announced by Feb. 1, 2009.
Though a number of people have shelled out the $15 entry fee, their registrations have had more to do with the free T-shirt than scientific proof.
“We’re willing to pay the $125,000,” said Mr. Milloy, “If someone proves us wrong, we’ll shut up.”