Posted by Jeff Condon on February 4, 2010
Ok, so I’ve just realized something. There are smart people here who take issue with the fact that CO2 captures/retards/slows down, heat flow. Now of course there are nuances, but at Climate Audit Steve doesn’t like the discussion b/c we’ve all heard it before. I mean that’s what it is, we have all heard the arguments. I can’t even imagine a unique new one.
I’ll give my opinion just to start the discussion, but what will happen is that others will give theirs and this thread won’t have anything to do with me or my crazy views.
My opinion is:
CO2 is more absorbent of heat in longwave than shortwave radiation. Because sunlight absorbed and re-emitted, the energy is converted from short to long wavelength, there is necessarily a warming effect. The questions in my mind are how much, how dangerous and what can we do about it.
My answers are dunno, but less warming than IPCC rubbish, likely beneficial and can’t be changed with today’s technology.
Does that make me a lukewarmer, a denier, a skeptic or what?