There are some points to be made about Smil's book as well as the
review by Professor Perrow. I reactivated my Lifetime membership a few
months ago to keep up with the 'Global Warming' thing. Log me in as a
believer: I believe in Physics, Thermodynamics thru Max Planck, Geometry
thru Sir Isaac Newton and Arithmetic. I am an Engineer, which Art and
Trade consists of examining wishes, contentions, desires and
predictions with Physics and so forth. The simplest and most straight
forward is the Arithmetic of any situation. To wit: From barometric
pressure we can determine that the gaseous atmosphere weighs about 10 to
the 19th power(1 followed by 19 zeros) and at a concentration of 300
parts per million by volume the CO2 weighs about 5x(10)**15 pounds. Our
activities contribute annually less than 10**13 pounds so that addition
is quite inconsequential.
'Global Warming' calls into play a Greenhouse Effect which more than
100 years ago was shown to be of no Effect whatsoever. This was done by
Professor R.W. Wood of Johns Hopkins in 1909. The proffered Warming
mechanism involves the CO2 intercepting radiation from earth and thereby
keeping the radiation from escaping into the galaxy. What the Warmers
ignore is that the molecule on earth that transmitted the radiation had
to cool a bit. This is Thermo 101. Moreover, the molecule in the air
that absorbed the radiant energy cannot radiate as much energy back to
earth as it received. This is Thermo 102.
If you have any questions about my Beliefs you can reply to this note or call at 800-424-9089 during the day here in Texas.
Dr Robert L Hamilton, Engineer
posted by Robert Hamilton
February 12, 2009
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