$125000 to prove global warming

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The Junkscience website is offering US$125000 to anyone who can do the following
$125,000 will be awarded to the first person to prove, in a scientific manner, that humans are causing harmful global warming. The winning entry will specifically reject both of the following two hypotheses:
UGWC Hypothesis 1
Manmade emissions of greenhouse gases do not discernibly, significantly and predictably cause increases in global surface and tropospheric temperatures along with associated stratospheric cooling.

UGWC Hypothesis 2
The benefits equal or exceed the costs of any increases in global temperature caused by manmade greenhouse gas emissions between the present time and the year 2100, when all global social, economic and environmental effects are considered.

Rules are on this page
http://ultimateglobalwarmingchallenge.com/
read them carefully :D

fire away
 
Nice use of weasel words like "predictably" there, and number two barely makes any sense.
 
I'm a particular fan of rules 2 and 3
2. Entrants acknowledge that the concepts and terms mentioned and referred to in the UGWC hypotheses are inherently and necessarily vague, and involve subjective judgment. JunkScience.com reserves the exclusive right to determine the meaning and application of such concepts and terms in order to facilitate the purpose of the contest.

3. JunkScience.com, in its sole discretion, will determine the winner, if any, from UGWC entries. All determinations made by JunkScience.com are final.
 
Aaaaah...so a contest where they don't have to pony up if they disagree with you? Sounds 'fair'....
 
UGWC Hypothesis 2
The benefits equal or exceed the costs of any increases in global temperature caused by manmade greenhouse gas emissions between the present time and the year 2100, when all global social, economic and environmental effects are considered.
This is the entire global warming denial thing right here. "If we're benefitting from doing what we're doing now, even if it's causing the planet to warm, why should we change?"

This also seems hard to quantify, based on that last subordinate clause.
 
That's right, the people have to prove that (on the sum) there is a net harmful effect. While it's intuitively obvious that shifting societal infrastructure to a new climate has opportunity cost, they likely won't look at opportunity cost.
 
That's right, the people have to prove that (on the sum) there is a net harmful effect. While it's intuitively obvious that shifting societal infrastructure to a new climate has opportunity cost, they likely won't look at opportunity cost.

So this isn't a challenge to prove that global warming exists..

It's a challenge to prove that global warming perpetrated by man is BAD.
 
Please follow these instructions for submitting an entry.
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# Visit the JunkScience.com Store at http://store.junkscience.com/i-can-save-al-gore.html. Purchase the "I can save Al Gore" item (it's the one with the UGWC graphic). Please indicate what size DemandDebate T-shirt you want (if any).

' Think i'll pass on that one.
 
Apparently they seemed to forget that the point of science is not to "prove" something.
 
Apparently they seemed to forget that the point of science is not to "prove" something.

...nor is it setting the posts of your psotive proof at an unrealistic (and by thier own account, "inherently... vague", and "involv[ing] subjective judgment") goal...
 
As opposed to beneficial global warming?

A new trade route cutting shipping times from the US/Canada to Europe drastically, revealing 25% of the world's oil and gas reserves, in addition to a slew of other resources.
 
If the climate changes naturally, is it our responsibility to ensure that it doesn't? Fight nature? I can tell you right now who's going to win that battle, and it wouldn't be us.

Unfortunately that has nothing to do with what you quoted.
 
A new trade route cutting shipping times from the US/Canada to Europe drastically, revealing 25% of the world's oil and gas reserves, in addition to a slew of other resources.

...and plenty of screwups as a result of climate change otherwise.
 
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