August 14, 2009 | 7 Comments
It’s coming apart, CO2 as the culprit destroying the atmosphere’s insulating properties, so heating up the planet to a runaway greenhouse like Venus, has the accusations’ bits and parts getting ditched. A couple weeks ago there was a scandal about how an invited counter view was handled at the American Physical Society and just hours or days later news slipped out that American Chemical Society members are revolting at their journal’s editor for promoting the CO2 scheme. The edge of the corner is here; “believing” in CO2 global warming will cost people jobs and destroy careers in the coming years.
This week the US State Department is late in announcing the approval or disapproval for more access to the U.S. market for Canadian oil suppliers. The extreme environmental crowd has the oil sands and heavy Canadian oil in their sights and is working to slow or stop its import. By that they will only achieve removing what is 20% of the U.S. oil supply being secure and the opportunity to increase that secure share to 40% in a few years. Daftness and stupidity know no bounds it seems. But for those of us watching this round of extremism it’s really worrisome. You can be sure that the Communist Chinese are ready to take supplies that can easily and cheaply come into the U.S.
One could be encouraged, though. Hard self-respecting scientists have known and realize the CO2 scare is going to have a backflash in their fields with serious consequences. Getting in front of backpedaling is an extremely good idea, especially if the brakes come on before things like the Canadian’s efforts to supply the North American Continent gets stopped and idiocy like the cap n tax, trade, steal thing gets even more legs. One can wonder when the mainstream press realizes it too. We are in a hopeful but very dangerous time.
Some serious science is debunking the CO2 scheme. I’ve read a few, and factually they are very hard to rewrite into mainstream context. Its not on my hot list of news we can use, rather its on the watch carefully list. So when Anthony Watts reprinted Ron House’s piece last week (I asked for reprint permission using Mr. House’s published email address and got a “permanent error” so I’m going to link it to a new page if WordPress can program the server correctly.) I’ve decided to cover it, as it solves rather neatly but incompletely the laws of physics conflict that CO2 warming proposes. Everyone who passed high school physics will realize the fraud. Sorry, I’m not plagiarizing Mr. House or swiping his copyrighted material here, but the minor inconvenience is worth it.
The House article starts with “Fred in bed” in the first graphic (A) playing the part of planet earth. In (B) Fred has a blanket playing the part of the atmosphere, so keeping Fred warm in a night sky. At (C) Fred is enduring a night sky without the blanket with a visual view of him radiating off the heat. (D) Has Fred limiting his radiation with a blanket and (E) is just a dark repeat of (A).
There are some missing physics points here, but House makes the case clear that the different heat dissipation or retention processes will result in different patterns of temperature change. Thus the second law of thermodynamics, the principle of increasing the internal energy of a system, which is not in balance, will increase over time until it reaches balance. OK, that’s greatly simplified, so excuse me.
But as a fact, Fred’s blanket or the atmosphere cannot endlessly accumulate heat. Passing high school physics debunks CO2 global warming, we’ve known for a very long time that systems like the earth and atmosphere are going to dump heat on the night side. The notion that 350 parts per million of CO2 is laughable as a heat sink big enough to cause a runaway greenhouse effect. The earth’s atmosphere is balanced every day with tipping points at dawn and dusk for everyone.
To expose those missing physics points lets look starting in the middle of Fred or at the earth’s core. The core is energized by the decay of heavy elements such that it rotates forming a magnetic field around the whole planet. The energy isn’t fully used to achieve balance so the heat also drives continental drift where the heat also escapes into the zones where magma or volcanic material escapes heating the ocean or atmosphere. Thus planet’s interior achieves balance.
Incoming to the planet is solar, galactic and cosmic radiation, which warms the atmosphere, the ground and the waters of the earth’s surface. These too will seek balance, using the energy making winds, waves, weather and thermal radiation. The atmosphere or blanket will balance as determined by the mass of the atmosphere. What people must keep in mind is a bit of intellectual honesty, which is the components of the atmosphere matter and the rates at which they absorb and release thermal energy. Much is made of that and the misrepresentation of it is a foundation of global warming. But physics still apply, the slower to respond thermally and hotter components will rise radiating heat more easily as they reach the edge of the blanket. No matter what, the atmosphere will get to its balance or below it, never will it exceed it.
That makes the energy movement much easier to understand. Its important to grasp that, as it isn’t the insulating effect that matters it’s the energy inputs and the mass of the blanket that matter. We live in the radiance of a variable G-type star whose output isn’t a constant feed. Over time it varies, with not so minor results. Meanwhile the atmosphere spreads around the heat, makes winds, moves water, absorbs the heat, protects us and then dumps heat each night. Life is possible in such a dynamic cycle.
Steadier still is the heat coming up from the earth. It forms a magnetosphere that shields us from the worst of the radiation that if absent might well require the atmosphere and oceans to evaporate into space. It forms the dry land with upheavals, it moves the carbon cycle, erases the business of life and forms the beauty any human can see in the features about us.
Many find solace in the “warm blanket” of the atmosphere, a romantic and beautiful metaphor. But the facts need understood, the atmosphere might be an insulator in a small way, but as a fact it’s a heat exchanger. When people look at it that way and scientists explain the things humanity needs to be doing, we might not play such a damaging role in endless change of the planetary climate.
Some will say this writer is a global warming denier, which is false, the planet earth’s surface will warm and cool no matter what mankind does. But the CO2 scare is a con game, a scientific falsehood. Its time we all passed high school physics and got on with cleaning up our acts in the ways that will matter.