little stevie milloyLittle Stevie Milloy’s outfit is offering $100,000 to the person who can "prove, in a scientific manner, that humans are causing harmful global warming." Fine print: This exciting opportunity will cost you $15. Think of it as a sweepstakes, only with Ed McMahon peer-reviewing articles on particle physics, and nobody winning.

Now, the phrase "prove in a scientific manner" should tip you off that a childhood of eating paste has left Little Stevie fighting this war with a pea shooter. Epistemological category mistakes aside, however, he’s a clever scamp. For years he’s bamboozled Exxon out of money with the promise that he’ll cast his body on the rails of science. Now he wants our money too.

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It takes a special kind grifter to make money on both ends, Stevie! You should have thought of this back in your cigarette days. You could have charged lung cancer patients $15 for the opportunity to prove that the product you shilled was killing them. Live and learn, right?

I’m going to start a contest of my own. Send me $15 and your refutation of AGW theory. If you succeed in “proving" the world’s scientists wrong, I’ll personally send you a unicorn that pees champagne and poops $100 bills.

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I bet I’ll make a lot more money than Little Stevie. After all, it’s an intelligence test.