The Week That Was: 2024 06-08 (June 8, 2024)

In this week's The Week That Was (TWTW), the focus is on the presentation given by John Clauser III. TWTW presents a transcription of the slides used by Clauser, which provides an in-depth look at his cloud-thermostat model.

The misinterpretation of last week's TWTW is addressed by providing the correct calculation for the power imbalance. Additionally, Roy Spencer's work on lower troposphere temperature trends is discussed, along with a hockey stick graph. Renee Hannon explores the strengths and limitations of proxy data in measuring temperature and CO2 concentrations, and Roger Caiazza exposes the lack of prior planning in the implementation of New York State's Climate Act.

The main assertion of Clauser's presentation is that the cloud thermostat mechanism is the dominant climate-controlling mechanism. Clauser claims that clouds are highly variable and reflect a significant amount of sunlight (approximately 80-90% compared to paper). He supports his argument by showing several images of Earth from space, highlighting the large areas covered by clouds and the shadows they create.

Clauser emphasizes the fact that sunlight is the main energy source for Earth, with clouds playing a crucial role in temperature regulation. He argues that the IPCC's power flow diagrams do not accurately represent the energy flow and incorrectly calculate the power imbalance. Furthermore, he notes that the IPCC fails to demonstrate that CO2 has a significant effect on temperature.

Finally, Clauser presents his cloud-thermostat model, which operates similarly to a home thermostat. He explains that when the cloud-cover fraction is too high, the Earth's surface temperature is too low, and the cloud-cover fraction decreases to restore equilibrium. Conversely, when the cloud-cover fraction is too low, the surface temperature is too high, and the cloud-cover fraction increases to restore equilibrium.

TWTW provides an in-depth look at Clauser's presentation, offering a valuable perspective on the dominant climate-controlling mechanism.

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