Climate Deniers’ Bluff is Called

The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) is giving climate deniers (I don’t believe in calling them skeptics) a chance to show whether or not they really believe the crap they are spewing OR if they just like cashing checks from the fossil fuel industry. They sent the following challenge to the Heartland Institute:
The (CSI) hereby presents to the Heartland Institute a challenge as to whether the Earth’s climate will set a new record high temperature this year. The challenge will be settled using the NASA GISS mean global land surface temperatures for the conventional climate averaging period (defined by the World Meteorological Organization as 30 years) ending on December 31, 2015. If the global average temperature does not exceed the mean temperature for an equal period ending on the same date in any previous year for which complete data exist, CSI will donate $25,000 to a nonprofit to be designated by Heartland. Otherwise, Heartland will be asked to donate $25,000 to a science education nonprofit designated by CSI. It is CSI’s intent to repeat this challenge every year for the next 30 years.
The answer?
Crickets.
Eliot