The latest bit of idiocy at WUWT is from someone who goes by the name of James R. Barrante, Ph.D. A Google search shows that for many years now, young James has been trying to convince whoever is silly enough to take any notice of him that it's the oceans that are causing atmospheric CO2 to increase or something like that. He's a very mixed up chappie and can't seem to keep his story straight. Today at WUWT he wrote how burning hydrocarbons doesn't produce CO2, or words to that effect:
...if the measurement of ocean pH were not so complicated, and we had that data for the last 150 years, I would bet that we could show exactly that the increase in atmospheric CO2 from 280 ppmv to 380 ppmv in the last 150 years is an ocean temperature effect and not at all related to burning fossil fuels.
Wow! Just think that this is someone who says he used to teach physical chemistry to poor unsuspecting students. They must be thanking their lucky stars that he wasn't trying to teach organic chemistry. He'd flunk his own tests.
Anthony Watts wouldn't know a hydrocarbon from a water molecule, and he no longer advocates the greenhouse effect. You can't blame him for being dazzled by an emeritus professor urging his readers to "believe" that burning hydrocarbons doesn't produce CO2.
The even more peculiar thing is that James is arguing that although as he states the oceans have become more acidic with a pH drop from 8.2 to 8.1, he's still arguing that the oceans have been emitting CO2. He reckons it's because the oceans have got hotter. Just what's caused the seas to heat up he doesn't say. He skipped over that rather important step.
It's really weird to come across someone who used to teach chemistry at university level write such utter bunkum.
From the WUWT comments
There are only two so far. Both asked similar questions. Alex asks about James' assertion that the oceans have become more acidic. Yes James did say this, but blamed it on hotter oceans:
March 21, 2016 at 5:20 am
Is it really well-known that pH has decreased from 8.2 to 8.1?