As a retired chemist, Raleigh Jenkins should know that carbon dioxide, in its gaseous state, does not trap infrared heat, which makes the greenhouse effect a physical impossibility.

Of the three states in which matter exists — solid, liquid and gas — gas is the most porous. When gases are heated, they expand, becoming even more porous. This is why the sun’s heat can reach the earth’s surface right through the atmosphere. CO2, because of its atomic makeup, is more difficult to expand, which is why it is used as a direct-contact, expendable refrigerant, designated R-744 by the refrigeration industry.

Inside a refrigerated truck, CO2 is slowly expelled onto meat, produce and other perishables, creating an inert atmosphere so cold it not only inhibits bacterial growth, it can cause frostbite, according to the warning label.

Moreover, dry ice is solidified CO2, with a temperature of minus 30 degrees. If CO2 trapped heat, the condensation of gas to liquid to solid would be physically impossible, because gases only condense when cold. With all this in mind, it’s no wonder why data collected from the planet Venus is used to explain the greenhouse effect on Earth.

We are supposed to believe that a planet 25.8 million miles closer to the sun than Earth, exposed to 243 times more heat by axis rotation and completely covered in sulfur clouds that prevent radiant cooling is 900 degrees because of CO2.

If Jenkins wants evidence, he should try the attic test. Before sunrise, place a remote thermometer in an attic. As the day wears on, the attic heats up, but why? There is no visible light, UV rays or excess CO2 in the attic, and it’s covered by shingles, tar paper and plywood, so what gives? Answer: Infrared heat comes from the sun.

And what about those melting ice caps? False. The Arctic Circle provides Arctic air to the northern hemisphere. This air is causing below-freezing temperatures and snow flurries in Russia, Alaska and even California — a 11/2 months before winter starts! If Arctic air is warm enough to melt Arctic ice, it certainly cannot be cold enough to condense atmospheric water vapor into snow flurries, no matter how many “scientists” agree with it.

Finally, the radiant cooling mentioned earlier outright disproves the greenhouse effect. On clear nights, the air temperature drops continuously until after sunrise, because atmospheric gases do not trap heat radiating from the Earth’s surface. And without that greenhouse effect, there is no man-made climate change — period.

Larry V. Ridlen Jr.

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