This video and others like it have been critiqued many times.
WUWT did a thorough debunking on their site: Al Gore and Bill Nye FAIL at doing a simple CO2 experiment
We at CO2isLife debunked a similar experiment done by Mythbusters: Climate “Science” on Trial; Confirmed Mythbusters Busted Practicing Science Sophistry
Tony Heller over at Real Science has another debunking as well: Bill Nye – The Science Fraud Guy
The fact that this highly flawed experiment is done by multiple sources pretty much proves there are no real experiments for the climate alarmists to rely upon. If there was anything truthful to what they are saying, they wouldn’t have to rely on fake and flawed experiments and sophistry.
Why is this experiment so flawed?
- Glass is opaque to IR Radiation. What the thermometer is measuring isn’t CO2 warming, it is the glass warming. IR Photography requires lenses not made of glass. Remember, the GHG effect is trapping outgoing IR. IR never makes it through the glass to warm the CO2, instead, it is absorbed by and warms the glass. This is easily demonstrated in the lab or in front of a jury.
- CO2 and air have different specific heat and mass. CO2 has a specific heat of 0.846 and air has a specific heat of 1.005. One mole of air weights 29 grams, whereas CO2 weighs 44 grams. Because CO2’s greater mass more than compensates for the lower specific heat, the CO2 flask should have been COOLER. Something doesn’t pass the stink test here. This is easily demonstrated in a lab or in front of a jury.
- Bill Nye the Sophistry Guy shows two thermometers being used, but as the following photo demonstrates, the same thermometer is used to demonstrate both flasks. Note the smudged 8 in 38, the Dot below the 38, the scrape below 36 and the spot below the 36. The identical thermometer is being shown to represent both flasks. The photo-documentation provided by Bill Nye exposes his fraud.
Al Gore, Bill Nye and the Mythbusters have done this experiment to prove CO2 is the cause of atmospheric warming, but this experiment does no such thing. Congress should have Al Gore, Bill Nye and the Mythbusters repeat this same experiment using a jar that is transparent to LWIR between 13 and 18µ. If the specific heat formula holds true, the CO2 flask should actually be COOLER than the one with plane air when equal amounts of heat are applied. Another way to do it would be to place the IR lamp in a sealed aquarium so the IR radiation doesn’t have to pass through glass.
The arrogance of the climate alarmists will be their downfall. As the recent trial in San Francisco demonstrates, climate alarmists believe they can say and do anything and people will just blindly accept what they say. The experiment that Al Gore and Bill Nye popularized can be used against them. As long as all people see is the video intended to perpetuate the myth, they will believe in AGW. Once, however, they take the time to truly understand it, the fraud becomes obvious and they lose all credibility. Congress needs to act to expose AGW as the fraud that it is, and Al Gore and Bill Nye have given them the opportunity to do so. Once again, if the science truly supported the alarmist’s claims, they wouldn’t have to rely on sophistry over science. That alone is enough convincing for me and would be for most others as well. No one likes to be played the fool, and America is being played big time.
Post Publication Edit:
It turns out that Tufts University noticed the same issues and ran the experiment using Argon instead of CO2. Here is the result.
A paper published in a 2010 edition of the American Journal of Physics found that experiments like Nye’s are “not an accurate demonstration of the physics of climate change.”
The problem is, the truth is out there, only no one is listening. There is too much money to be made supporting the lie. President Trump should have the Tufts University Researchers demonstrate their experiment to Congress to expose the fraud of man-made climate change.
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