Kiehl and Trenberth Debunk Climate Alarm

Climate of Sophistry

Most everyone knowledgeable on this subject has heard of the “K&T Energy Budget”.

faq-1-1-figure-1-l Kiehl and Trenberth (1997).

So how did Kiehl and Trenberth help debunk climate alarm?

We have energy incoming from the Sun…that’s the 342 W/m^2.  Well sure, the Sun is a source of energy, it is powered by nuclear reactions which liberate energy.

And then we have energy incoming from “greenhouse gas backradiation”.  There’s 168 + 67 = 235 absorbed energy coming from the Sun…and then there’s 324 coming from the atmosphere, 38% more energy than from the Sun.

It just magically appears over there, on the right hand side of their diagram.

Now the sun has a nuclear power source of energy.

The atmosphere has no source of energy, no source of power, has no chemical or nuclear reactions going on to liberate energy.

It is thus impossible for the atmosphere to be a source of energy, let…

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