Sky Dragons

Just came across a book about slaying dragons, greenhouse gases, yada yada yada. Then I read Dr. Spencer’s post (http://www.drroyspencer.com/2012/03/slaying-the-slayers-with-the-alabama-two-step/) and the comments in it. Just one question for the CO2 can’t absorb energy crowd. How pray tell can I balance the heat in a blast furnace and come up with the right mass of coking coal to add without this absorption? Because without it, my theoretical carbon balance does not match the real carbon balance. Please show your math in the comment. Well Ok. Provide a link to the math. Last time I did one of those balances it took 6 pages of foolscap.

For a bit on the actual math, from a CO2 absorption point of view see:
https://johneggert.wordpress.com/2010/09/26/the-path-length-approximation/

For why the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is actually a lot of CO2 see:
https://johneggert.wordpress.com/2011/08/18/390-ppm-atmospheric-co2-a-little-or-a-lot/

I won’t even get into some of the more esoteric stuff like “you can’t add gas to the atmosphere” which would fall under the category of arguing with fools.

Radiant heat absorption by CO2 is a well known phenomenon. It is essential in many many areas besides climate. To deny it exists in climate is to deny it exists in all of the myriad of other fields that must take it into account. That is OK, if you can provide another explanation for the reduction in radiant heat loss that occurs as the proportion of CO2 increases in the intervening gas.

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About John Eggert

A minerals processing engineer in Canada. A cynic by nature, but open to being convinced!
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