Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Global warming cut-and-paste for charity

I have an idea that readers can use to make money for charity - if you see any blogger or even any commenter on any blog, anywhere, who denies that temperatures will be trending upwards in the next 10-20 years, just cut and paste the following italicized text into a comment:

If you don't believe that global warming is more likely than cooling over the next few decades, then you can make money for a charity of your choice. Go to here:


The bettor there believes that global warming will happen. You bet against him and both of you give a tax-deductible donation to the Long Now Foundation. When the bet pays off, all the money goes to the charity of the winner's choice. His bet offer has been sitting there unanswered for over a year. This is your chance to put your money where your mouth is, double the amount of money you'd normally give to charity, and make sure HIS money goes to whatever cause YOU think is worthy. Check it out.

Of course, the bettor is me and I think I'm going to win, and I also intend to give the money to a worthwhile environmental charity. To give further incentive to readers, if your cut and paste ultimately results in a bet, I'll give $100 to the charity of your choice. I'm also going to add a hot link to this post near the top left of my blog, so the cut-and-paste will be easy to find.

(If you feel like going out and to look for trouble, click here to search blog posts on global warming.)

And in other betting news:

James Annan's bet was briefly mentioned by global warming denialist Tom Bethell on National Public Radio, in a debate with Chris Mooney. More info here. It was a good move by the denialist to bring it up first as if the betting issue has been settled, but a simple response is, "There are plenty more global warming proponents who can't find any denialists willing to take bets - why don't you take them up on the chance to relieve them of their money?"

Tim Lambert covers more denialist nonsense here by Tom Harris and Gary Sharp. I've sent them both bet offers, and we'll have to wait to see if either one surprises me with a response.

Unsurprisingly, I've heard nothing from San Francisco columnists Debra Saunders and Cinnamon Stilwell, so we can probably put them in the unwilling-to-bet category.

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