Friday, August 30, 2013


Monckton has been scurrying crabwise away from the wager posed by his nemesis, Professor of Thermal Science John Abraham:
Dear Mr. Monckton, [sic] 
I understand that you’ve claimed Earth’s temperatures will likely decrease by 0.5oC in two years, but 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 CÂș 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:
 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... 

Viscount Monckton might find Professor Abraham's straightforward wager more difficult to evade if it were written down somewhere harder for him to ignore than a mere Colonial climate blog.

The betting book at Brooks's in St James's comes to mindbecause the viscount has on occasion merged his bogus parliamentary logo with its soigne' address (vide supra), to lend false gravity to letters threatening the careers of climate scientists who dare contradict him.

It would hardly be the first bet regarding North American quarrels recorded there, and a plenum of earlier entries suggest the past as prologue to this wager's outcome: