Taken by Rubbish

Eli Rabbett has encountered Essex and McKitrick's briefing about their book Taken by Storm (which I criticised here) and is not impressed:

with so many dubious claims that one hardly knows where to begin.


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Eli Rabett is working his way through Taken By Storm. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this work, it's a global warming denial book which contains some spectacularly Bad Physics, with the authors claiming that average temperature has no physical meaning. Anyway, Rabett is reading chapter…
McKitrick and Essex have managed to get their "no such thing as average temperature" stupidity published in a journal! In their paper they add some new stupid to go with the old stupid from Taken by Storm. Can they take Chillingar and Khilyuk's crown? Eli Rabett is having a pinata party/open book…
Eli Rabett has scored Essex and McKitrick's briefing for Taken By Storm at Global Warming Skeptic Bingo. Alas, they don't win. I reckon their book will do better. For example, they get another box at bingo with this passage (from page 134 of their book): There are enemies of T-Rex who think that…
Eli Rabett dissects Essex and McKitrick's incompetence with averages: Unfortunately, either Essex or McKitrick or both do not understand zero and negative numbers. You know where my money is. Read his post to see why. Mind you, Steve McIntyre isn't convinced that there is anything wrong with…

In Mr. Rabett's explanation of the Greenhouse Effect, he states, "The sun pumps energy into the car at a constant rate."

Oh? Over what period? Certainly not in the day time, where energy varies continuously with time of day plus cloud/particulate/other cover; nor annually where irradiance varies seasonally; nor over every 11, 22, 88, 200, 2300 and more years, as the sun cycles in intensity ... nor over earth periods of orbital, precessional etc changes, nor over other cycles in solar irradiance that have been documented to vary and cycle as well.

So the answer to when the sun pumps energy into the car at a constant rate must be, AT NIGHT? Maybe in Mr. Rabett's simplified world, we should only examine the greenhouse effect on the dark side of the atmosphere -- one could simulate closure of the system, by measuring the energy transfer over the light to dark boundaries?

By JohnMcCall (not verified) on 29 Oct 2005 #permalink

I continue to be heartened at the argumentation the denialists use these days. How is it that such an argument leads the discussion? This is the level of dialogue to flood the zone?


Oh, I get it -- you can single out and selectively attack ideas or phrases from somebody whose views you disagree, but when somebody does the same to your own lightweight absurdities, it's entertainment! Like many with such views, your hypocrisy is exposed for all to see. Consult your role model, Professor Schneider.

You would be better served by not exposing your lack of insight on things like this (Physics, and especially Thermodynamics). As the old saying goes (updated for blog discourse), when you open your keyboard(?) on such things, you remove all doubt.

By JohnMcCall (not verified) on 10 Nov 2005 #permalink