I while ago I wrote an article – Do Trenberth and Kiehl understand the First Law of Thermodynamics?
It could have been very short. “Yes”.
However, I did produce an extremely basic model to demonstrate that simple systems with heating “from within” can lead to outcomes that – for many people – are unexpected.
A huge admirer of this blog has written an embarrassingly pro-Science of Doom post entitled:
So I thought I would return the favor by sending readers to take a look. At the very least, the blog writer will have the comfort of a small lift in visits as well as the welcome opportunity to explain their unique point of view. I just hope that my readers realize that their gushing praise for this blog does not involve any payments whatsoever.
And with apologies to the mysterious Dr. Philips who has had no part (ever) in the writing of this blog.
And on a less important note, if anyone is wondering how a PVC hollow sphere, heated from the inside and sitting in space has anything to do with the planet Earth – I can only hang my head in shame as it clearly has nothing whatsoever to do with our amazing planet.
A PVC sphere is nothing like the earth. The atmosphere is not made out of PVC. Conduction is not an important mechanism in climate physics. What was I thinking?
In any case, I fully expect the author of the laudatory blog article to change the title to something like “Why ‘Science of Doom’ Doesn’t Understand that the Atmosphere Isn’t Made out of PVC”.
And on a small technical note, let’s hope that the article writer fixes up the tiny technical mistakes in their article. If PVC can’t “transmit” radiation then conduction will be required, and.. ouch..