Human beings have believed a number of things over the years that turned out to be purely imaginary, i.e., the Earth is the center of the Universe, life comes through “spontaneous generation,” the continents are immovable, the list goes on and on.
How much energy does carbon dioxide generate? Zero
By Carl Allen
(Editor’s note. In a recent article, analytical chemist Hans Schreuder claimed that 770,000 metric tons of CO2 come from natural sources, whereas only 23,100 metric tons come from human sources. One reader asked where those figures came from, and Carl Allen provides an excellent answer.)
These figures come from a booklet published by the Energy Information Administration called “Emissions of Greenhouse Gases in the United States 2004.” They, in turn, sourced the information as being the IPCC’s 2001 report “Climate Change 2001: the Scientific Basis p. 188 (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2001).
Of course, whatever its source carbon dioxide’s benefit to the biosphere is not only profound but indispensable. Extensive scientific experimentation has demonstrated that the optimal level for the most robust plant growth is ~1,000 ppm (250% higher than it is now.) Ergo, the human use of hydrocarbon energy has had a side benefit of boosting atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, which promotes more robust plant growth–our food. On the other hand, the linking of carbon dioxide levels moving from 0.028% to 0.04% of the atmosphere with global warming and/or “climate change” is purely imaginary.
But then human beings, even scientists, have believed to be true a number of things over the years that turned out to be purely imaginary, i.e., the Earth is the center of the Universe, that life comes into being through “spontaneous generation,” that the Universe is filled with “luminiferous aether,” that ulcers are caused by stress, that fire is a fluid called “phlogiston”, that the continents are immovable, that human physiology consists of “four humours,” that the Universe is static, that the Earth is relatively young.
Now they believe that the 3% of the Earth’s annual output of carbon dioxide that is anthropogenic is 100% responsible, not only for all global warming and “climate change” that has occurred since the 1950’s, but is now responsible for all severe weather events–droughts, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, cold snaps, heat waves, etc., etc., etc. Personally I think the Sun is responsible, because it is generating the energy that drives the Earth’s weather, the 30 year average of which = “climate”.
How much energy does carbon dioxide generate? zero. Never-the-less the “greenhouse effect” hypothesis asserts that the downwelling IR radiation from carbon dioxide and other “greenhouse gases” heats the surface with twice the energy as sunlight. 333 W/m^ vs. 161 W/m^2 per the iconic Trenberth et all “Earth’s Energy Budget” paper published in 2009.
I am not making this up. This is what they believe.