After George Monbiot panned Plimer’s book for his grotesque scientific errors, Plimer challenged Monbiot to a face-to-face debate. Of course, Plimer would do his usual Gish gallop with such a format, so Monbiot agreed with just one condition:
Last week I wrote to Professor Plimer accepting his challenge, on the condition that he accepts mine. I would take part in a face-to-face debate with him as long as he agreed to write precise and specific responses to his critics’ points — in the form of numbered questions that I would send him — for publication on the Guardian’s website. I also proposed that there should be an opportunity at the debate for us to cross-examine each other.
The result was predictable:
This morning I received a message from Professor Plimer, rejecting my challenge. So much for his enthusiasm for debate.
Update: Plimer has agreed to answer the questions. If he actually does, the debate will happen.