In their own words…
…the “inconvenient truth” is that Gore’s hypothesis of global warming is exactly wrong… upside down…In the January 15 edition of NewsMax, writer Phil Brennan provides an excellent primer on global cooling that almost anyone – with the possible exception of liberals, Democrats, and radical environmentalists – can understand…It is not the impact of industrialization and fossil fuel combustion that is causing the seas and oceans to warm. To the contrary, it is the existence of a growing number of underwater volcanic eruptions and extremely high temperature magma seepages on the ocean floor. [emphasis mine] The increasingly active underwater volcanoes and magma seepages cause the oceans and seas to grow warmer, sending increased amounts of moisture into the atmosphere.
Both articles continue on with complete foolishness. The evidence is the continued reports of new hydrothermal vent finds with amazingly high temperatures. The first problem, of many, is that they confound the discovery of a vent with the geological appearance of a vent. The other problem is the basic chemistry and math. I will show with simple math that these conjectures are outlandish.
- The water volume of the ocean is 1.30 x 109 km3 or 2.15 x 1024 grams (given a density of 1,025 km/m3). It is actually a little larger, but I use the more conservative estimate to bias it toward their proposal
- “Geophysical estimates…of the total hydrothermal flux (9×1012 W) are well established.” That is 9×1012 Joules per second or 2.15 x 1012 calories per second or 6.78 x 1019 calories per year.
- The specific heat of seawater is ~3.850 J (g C) or 0.92017 calories
- Thus it would take 1.98 x 1024 calories to raise the temperature of the ocean 1 degree (#3 x #1)
- It would take 29,200 years to raise the ocean 1 degree C (#4 / #2)
- In one year, hyrdothermal vents would raise the ocean temperature by 0.0000343 degrees C (inverse of #5)
It is clearly unreasonable to think this could actually be the cause of global warming. I figured this on the ‘back of an envelope’ with less than 10 minutes of math and web research (please feel free to point out corrections). Even if I made some horrendous math error, it would have have to be several of orders of magnitude wrong for this be any near the realm of reality. Perhaps, Mr. Hollrah and Mr. Brennan should try some new ‘liberal-wacko’ conspiracy to fuel their republican/conservative paranoia.