Summer is the slow season so Christopher Monckton is out drumming up business at the farm. More of the usual graphology, but maybe a little to much, enough so that John Abraham decided to offer a wager. Now some, not Eli to be sure, might think that the obvious outcome of this would simply be some volume of self righteous spew from the gook Lord, but Eli is an optimistic bunny, and he would like part of the action if there is a side bet on the outcome of this to be had (don't tell Ms. Rabett).
Dear Mr. Monckton,
I understand that you’ve claimed Earth’s temperatures will likely decrease by 0.5 C most certainly by 2020. Specifically, you stated this on a website:
“Meanwhile, enjoy what warmth you can get. A math geek with a track-record of getting stuff right tells me we are in for 0.5 Cº of global cooling. It could happen in two years, but is very likely by 2020. His prediction is based on the behavior of the most obvious culprit in temperature change here on Earth – the Sun.”
Here is the link: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/08/27/the-200-months-of-the-pause/
I am calling your claim. I challenge you to a $1000 bet on both. Specifically,
1. I challenge you to a $1000 bet that the Earth temperature will not drop 0.5 C in two years
2. I challenge you to a second $1000 bet that the Earth temperature will not drop 0.5 C by 2020
Let’s keep stipulations as few as possible. My only requirement is that any major volcanic eruptions would make the bet void. I will let you choose the temperature dataset (NASA GISTEMP, NOAA, HADCRUT4). Any reputable data set of land-ocean surface temperatures. I will let you choose the starting year of 2012 or 2013. Obligations to pay can be based off our word and the publicity of this challenge. If you require payment to be sent to a third party ahead of time, I will gladly oblige.
Please respond at your earliest convenience, I am anxious to finalize this agreement. Please be assured that if you decline this wager, I will make your declination public.
Dr. John Abraham
University of St. Thomas
UPDATE: Prof. Abraham adds a couple sweetner