Debunking the Greenhouse Gas Theory in Three Simple Steps

By: John O’Sullivan

A group of international scientists find that carbon dioxide is a coolant, the calculations in the greenhouse gas theory are wrong and humans are not killing the planet.

It may have taken the Climategate controversy to prompt a growing band of specialist scientists to come forward and work together to help climatologists get themselves out of an almighty mess. But at last we know for sure that the doomsaying equations behind the man-made global warming new research shows the numbers were fudged, the physics was misapplied and group thinking perpetuated gross errors.

Yes, the greenhouse effect has now been proven to be a fabrication. That mythical concept called ‘back radiation’ whereby heat was supposed to be recycled in the atmosphere and worsened by the dreaded burning of fossil fuels is contradicted. In reality it’s now been shown that the atmosphere acts like a coolant of Earth’s surface, which, otherwise, would have a temperature of 121 Degrees Celsius, or 394 Kelvin (K).

A team of dedicated international experts, known as the ‘Slayers,’ all highly qualified in their respective fields, spent the past year deliberating over the deep-rooted errors in the calculations employed in the greenhouse gas theory. Their findings are devastating to all those who claim carbon dioxide and the ‘greenhouse effect’ heats our atmosphere.

The standard argument of a clique of climatologists associated with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is as follows:

  • A warm body (the earth) radiates heat to a cool body (the atmosphere)
  • The cool body “back-radiates” (IPCC term) heat to the warm body.
  • This process continues perpetually, with heat flowing round and round in a continuous cycle.
  • The result of this perpetual process is that the warm body becomes warmer.

This is the so-called greenhouse effect (GHE) examined closely by a team of professors of physics, mathematics, astrophysics, chemistry and biology who joined forces to put the numbers under a fresh microscope.

This group of 20+ specialist scientists has given the infant (and generalist) science of climatology a much-need shake up. Indeed, the ‘Slayers’ say a monumental paradigm shift is now very much under way.

Below, in simplified form, we examine in three parts how their brilliant analysis has eviscerated one of the most costly and mistaken theories of modern science, man-made global warming.

Part One: Coolant Carbon Dioxide

In a recent ground breaking paper Professor Nasif Nahle proved that carbon dioxide (CO2) actually works as a coolant when it interacts with water vapor in the atmosphere to induce the air temperature to cool not a warm.

Physicist, Joe Postma, in this epic debunk further describes the correct application of the laws of thermodynamics to address how the thermal capacity (or conductivity) works with the ‘coolant’ CO2. As Postma tells us,

“Carbon dioxide and other atmospheric gases merely serve to make the atmosphere cooler in daytime, warmer at nighttime. This is what empirical evidence tells us. ”

He asks us to think of how this interpretation differs from what the uneducated and pseudo scientists say that is “the greenhouse effect makes the planet warmer than it should be.” But we know that in truth what we actually observe is somewhat entirely different.

In the future, says Joe, people will declare: “The atmosphere keeps the planet from getting too hot in the daytime, and too cold at night-time”.

Just that simple realization alone kills the so-called ‘blanket’ analogy of greenhouse gas theorists stone dead.

Step Two: How the IPCC Picked Wrong Numbers from the Get-go

Now we address the IPCC’s biggest mistake. They started off with a flawed number, and then have to invent lots of other unreal processes and mechanisms to make the real Earth’s average temperature coincide with their numbers.

Professor Nasif Nahle points out that error in IPCC models:

“It’s quite simple. The flux of power on the top of the atmosphere is 1368 W/m^2; however, they [IPCC] say it is 341 W/m^2.”

Without an atmosphere, the Earth would be receiving a flux of 1368 W/m^2 of solar power (394K under the zenith facing the Sun). With the atmosphere, it receives and absorbs 718 W/m^2 (335K) on its surface.

Postma, a recent addition to the team sums up how much getting those first numbers right matters:

“We all agree that the atmosphere has an “atmosphere effect.” But what is of interest to us is how this effect changes if the properties of the atmosphere changes (a little).”

In this excellent paper geologist, Timothy Casey, gives a calculation for how much temperature variation will be caused by changes in CO2. It tells us:

“If carbon dioxide produced the backradiation claimed by Arrhenius, thermal conductivity measurements of carbon dioxide would be so suppressed by the backradiation of heat conducted into this material, that the correspondingly steep temperature gradient would yield a negative thermal conductivity of carbon dioxide.”

What Casey shows is that in reality, a 10,000 ppm increase in carbon dioxide could, at most, reduce the conductivity of air by a measly one percent and given the actual difference between the thermal conductivities of carbon dioxide (0.0168) and zero grade air (0.0260), a 10,000 ppm increase in carbon dioxide would lower the thermal conductivity of zero grade air by 0.36 percent.

Casey finds,

“That would represent a 0.36 percent increase in thermal gradient, or a surface warming of 0.18 percent and a ceiling cooling of 0.18 percent of the total difference in temperature between the top and bottom of the affected air mass. In the case of a tropospheric carbon dioxide increase of 10,000 ppm, that would correspond to a warming of 0.125ºC, or one eighth of a degree Celsius at the earth’s surface.”

“However, even if this wasn’t a negligible enough effect, Casey finds the proverbial doubling of CO2 would only contribute a change of 0.0040C at the surface”.

Step Three: Exposing the Idiocy

Groupthink is ‘Step Three’ in our explanation of how climatology got itself into such a muddle. Here’s a perfect example of scientific idiocy displayed by someone who ought to know better. Postma shows how a reality disconnect by one such theorist makes a mockery of IPCC numbers when applied to the real world. He explains,

“Yesterday a professor tried to tell me that a blackbody (BB) would heat itself up if its radiation would shine back on it – if it was surrounded completely by a perfect mirror.

I told him that all that would happen is you’d get a standing electromagnetic wave between the BB and the mirror, with a frequency spectrum and flux density equal to that of the BB – there’d be no spontaneous increase of temperature.  50C is 50C and there’s no way to get more than 50C, from 50C.  The only way to get more than 50C is to bring in some outside work or something hotter than 50C.”

Postma then enlightened the perplexed professor that it’s impossible to make candles or insulation warm itself by its own radiation.  “If we could make a candle burn hotter by reflecting it’s light back onto it, that would have been discovered long ago.”

The Slayers thus ask us to put it all in terms of radiation and conduction being analogous modes of heat transfer.  Then it becomes plainly obvious and ridiculous.

Like his learned colleagues Postma suggests climatologists apply a little more common sense and joined up thinking; their heat transport equations should properly be addressed in terms of conduction such that radiation and conduction are simply MODES of heat transfer. If an object can heat itself via its own, or “colder” radiation, then it should also be able to heat itself by conducting with itself, or conducting with a cold body.

“An object conducting with itself to make itself hotter?  What the heck does that even mean?  An object conducting with a colder one and thereby becoming hotter?  I don’t think so,” insists Postma.

Thus when we start to accept that conduction and radiation are analogous modes of heat transfer, then it dawns on us all that the laws work the same way with both of them.

Therefore, by working through this ‘Three Step Greenhouse Effect Debunk’ we are left with only one conclusion: IPCC junk (generalist) science is well and truly busted by the specialists in their fields.

Source: John O’Sullivan

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4 responses to “Debunking the Greenhouse Gas Theory in Three Simple Steps

  1. Roy Smith

    Keep bringing it on. We need to keep the pressure on these lefties. I would also like to see a study on all the abandoned wind energy farms, solar energy sites and other boondogles. One more item of importance. What is the effect of all these windmills on our weather and climate systems since they extract so much energy out of our weather systems upon which we rely for food production. I would hate to see a desert form in what otherwise was productive farm lands.

  2. Jim Barrante

    Nice try, but I believe you have made the fatal flaw that most individuals (including Professor Nahle) make concerning IR radiation. First, a cold body cannot transfer heat to a hot body. It violates both classical and quantum laws of thermodynamics. But, and here’s the flaw, IR radiation is not heat, it’s light. The concept of temperature does not apply to photons (don’t confuse “light temperature” with the temperature of the matter generating the light). Consequently, a colder object can irradiate IR light and have it absorbed by a warmer object. No violation of the Second Law. The only IR radiation that atmospheric CO2 can uniquely irradiate back to Earth is that radiation that it has absorbed at 15 microns and it must do this before it collides with molecules around it. If it collides with any molecules around it (mainly N2 and O2), it will transfer that light energy to them (as heat) through molecular collisions. That will raise their temperature and that’s the greenhouse gas effect. If it irradiates the light at 15 microns before it collides, then it loses that light energy and drops back down to its vibrational ground state. It has nothing to do with its temperature. The Stefan-Boltzmann equation does not apply.

    Where the Stefan-Boltzmann equation does apply (i.e., irradiating a blackbody spectrum because it is warm) would apply to all the gases in the atmosphere, not only CO2, since all objects when heated irradiate light. Unfortunately, the blackbody radiation laws really work only well for solids so even cheating and calling it a gray body is a stretch, especially for a gas. No, the greenhouse gas effect is alive and well. It simply is not responsible for global warming and particularly climate change.

    James Barrante, Ph.D.
    Professor Emeritus of Physical Chemistry

    • Here’s a response that was e-mailed to me – Editor

      “My response to Jim Barrante:

      Nice try, but I believe you have made the fatal flaw that most individuals (including Professor Nahle) make concerning IR radiation. First, a cold body cannot transfer heat to a hot body. It violates both classical and quantum laws of thermodynamics. But, and here’s the flaw, IR radiation is not heat, it’s light.

      Nobody is saying IR radiation is heat. Additionally, it is not “light”; it is electromagnetic radiation, and “light” is a component of EM radiation, as well as IR radiation. IR radiation is a state function, heat is a process function. So the fatal flaw is on your side, not on my side.

      The concept of temperature does not apply to photons (don’t confuse “light temperature” with the temperature of the matter generating the light).

      I have not said that photons have temperature. Quantum/waves carry on energy, not temperature. Temperature is a consequence of matter absorbing energy.

      Consequently, a colder object can irradiate IR light and have it absorbed by a warmer object. No violation of the Second Law.

      If you are assuring that IR radiation is not heat, then IR radiation emitted by a colder system cannot warm up a warmer object. If you say that yes, that a colder system heats up a warmer system, your contradicting yourself.

      The only IR radiation that atmospheric CO2 can uniquely irradiate back to Earth is that radiation that it has absorbed at 15 microns and it must do this before it collides with molecules around it.

      Here the reason by which you are confused and confusing your readers. The CO2 absorbs a quantum/wave at 14.77 microns, but it does emit it not at 14.77 microns, but at a longer wavelength: E = hc/λ. So you are wrong on your appreciation on what the CO2 is really doing in the atmosphere. Additionally, the gravity exerts an effect on the frequency of the wave, so it is impossible that a colder system heats up a warmer system.

      If it collides with any molecules around it (mainly N2 and O2), it will transfer that light energy to them (as heat) through molecular collisions. That will raise their temperature and that’s the greenhouse gas effect. If it irradiates the light at 15 microns before it collides, then it loses that light energy and drops back down to its vibrational ground state. It has nothing to do with its temperature. The Stefan-Boltzmann equation does not apply.

      I can see your concept of heat is wrong. Here a question to you: What is heat? Please give us a physics definition.

      Where the Stefan-Boltzmann equation does apply (i.e., irradiating a blackbody spectrum because it is warm) would apply to all the gases in the atmosphere, not only CO2, since all objects when heated irradiate light.
      It is true, but I would extend the concept to the Manrique’s and Pitts and Sissom’s definition of the Stefan-Boltzmann equation.

      Unfortunately, the blackbody radiation laws really work only well for solids so even cheating and calling it a gray body is a stretch, especially for a gas. No, the greenhouse gas effect is alive and well. It simply is not responsible for global warming and particularly climate change.
      You’re correct again, although I must clarify that blackbodies and the “greenhouse effect” don’t exist in nature.

      All the best,
      Nasif

      • Rosco

        Even if CO2 had magical powers and acted like a nuclear furnace it is still only a trace gas – <0.04%.

        Combine this idiocy to the supposed nonsense that the insolation to Earth is only ~341 W/sq m (where did the rest ~1000W/sq m – go ???) and therefore the Sun can only heat the Earth to 255 K (their claim – not mine) and you plainly see these guys are either stupid or have an agenda.

        If the Sun can only heat the Earth to 255 K how does it heat the Moon to ~390 K without the magic of the "greenhouse effect" ?

        And if the answer is our atmosphere and oceans then this totally disproves the AGW warming nonsense as clearly the atmosphere and oceans reduce the daytime surface temperature on Earth – not heat it.

        When will people see that during the day it is much hotter in the sunshine than in the shade and when the sun sets it becomes cooler. Also summer is hotter than winter unless you live near the equator.

        Surely common sense tells you the Sun just might have something to do with that – not some mythical effect ?