Monday, June 24, 2013

Denier comment of the day: Earth and that extra energy. "Say what?" is right

Sou | 3:29 PM Feel free to comment!

How to attach a vice to your head.
Illustrative only.
Caution: Do not, under any circumstances,
remove your brain.
A little bit of denier weirdness, which is the norm at Anthony Watts' anti-science blog, WUWT.  Put on your head vice first.

Say What?

How  the greenhouse effect lowers surface temperature according to Gail.  The highs get lower and the lows get higher with a net lower temperature.  "Say What?" is right!

This is from a long time reader of WUWT I believe.  You'd think after years of reading about climate, even if only on WUWT, she'd have picked up the basics of the greenhouse effect.  But no.  Very weird.

Gail Combs says:
June 23, 2013 at 8:37 pm “…equivalent to exploding 400,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs per day 365 days per year. That’s how much extra energy Earth is gaining each day.”>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Say What?
There are only two sources of heat. Sunlight and the heat from the core of the planet so the earth can not “gain extra energy” All a GHG like water vapor does is modify the temperature making the highs lower and the lows higher with a net lower temperature since some of the sunlight gets bounced back to outer space.

Greenhouse gases keep the earth warm.  More makes earth warmer

This one's for Gail.  Gail has made a logical fallacy of the non sequitur type.  It does not follow from the fact that there may be two sources of heat that earth cannot gain extra energy.  If Gail were to turn on the heater at home, would she say that her house cannot heat up because she has only provided one heat source?

Greenhouse gases keep the earth warm.  More greenhouse gas makes the earth even warmer.

Source: Climate Commission, Australia

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