not getting the point is mild. For the purpose of energy balance, the Earth is a black box, with solar coming in and IR going out. The box reacts if you try and change anything by restoring the balance and if one thing is constant it is that the IR cooling to space matches the net solar absorption over time allowing for relatively short periods of accommodation to change. This is the classic confusion of space with a corporeal sphere
Over on Master Resource Chip Knappenberger has redeauxed the Lindzen-PNAS papers and elicited a mess of Email, two of which Eli would like to discuss. Roy Spencer writes at #13 (how prescient)
Andy Dessler at #27 Choi's his Chou's or chews his toys, or whatever, but brings some interesting inside stuff
There’s one additional piece of information missing from this post: this paper was originally submitted to JGR, and it was rejected by that journal, too. When I talked to Lindzen last Oct., he railed about how unfair the reviews from that journal had been. At that point, I think Lindzen recognized that his paper was never going to make it through any kind of legitimate peer review, so he next submitted it to PNAS so he could select his own reviewers. Kudos to PNAS for not letting him select the entirely unqualified Happer or Lindzen’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Choi. But now Lindzen thinks PNAS is being unfair to him. Of course, after so many rejections by so many reviewers, there’s another possibility that Lindzen seems to not consider: his paper is not very good.Eli, Eli has been looking for the text of Happer and Chou's reviews. Don't seem to be everywhere.