More Dumb Denialism

Most climate denialists can be counted on to say mind numbingly dumb things in their cause, and University of Copenhagen Prof Bjarne Andresen doesn't disappoint.

University of Copenhagen Professor Bjarne Andresen has analyzed the topic in collaboration with Canadian Professors Christopher Essex from the University of Western Ontario and Ross McKitrick of the University of Guelph.

It is generally assumed the Earth's atmosphere and oceans have grown warmer during the recent 50 years because of an upward trend in the so-called global temperature, which is the result of complex calculations and averaging of air temperature measurements taken around the world.

"It is impossible to talk about a single temperature for something as complicated as the climate of Earth," said Andresen, an expert on thermodynamics. "A temperature can be defined only for a homogeneous system. Furthermore, the climate is not governed by a single temperature. Rather, differences of temperatures drive the processes and create the storms, sea currents, thunder, etc. which make up the climate".

The oddity is that this supposed expert on thermodynamics can't even get the thermodynamics right - most of the systems whose temperatures are routinely taken - my ear, for example, or the reactanct temperatures in a refinery - are hardly homogeneous - but the stuff about climate not being governed by a single temperature is to take the crushingly obvious and elevate it to a profundity - one with absolutely no relevance to the climate debate, of course.


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