Why are you giving photosynthesis lessons to me? I don't need them. All the yahoos drawing energy balance diagrams without photosynthesis accounted for need them.
I don't give a flying fuck what the CO2 level is unless it started getting into the several thousand range, at which point I'd have a headache. It's irrelevant if it doesn't actually cause our warming trend, which clearly is the case.
My position(extremely well researched, unlike some people that never bothered to check the data themselves) is that the accelerated warming trend over the past century is a now 34 year old crock of shit, back when NASA decided to support AGW to prop up their funding.
A history lesson. Not that you'll bother with things like fact checking me and just assume I'm purposefully misleading you or ignorant. Hell, I'm not even sure you guys actually read my posts before you respond to them, you obviously don't read the information you link since most of it is filled with logical fallacies and clearly inaccurate data.
The theory that CO2 was driving the climate, as opposed to the insignificant factor it is, first went mainstream in the 30's, when a rapid warming trend resulted in such calamity as the Dust Bowl Era. You may have heard of it. I'm currently living in it, lush, green, quite nice. Half as much rain as it was getting in the 80's, but still vastly wetter than back then. It gained some traction for a few years, but unfortunately the damned temperatures fell back off during the 40's and it disappeared into obscurity where it belonged.
In the 70's it started warming again. In 1988, James Hansen(you know, the guy from NASA?) started pushing the AGW crap. The US temperature record was rigoriously studied, resulting in findings a year later that there had indeed been dick for an increase over the last century and the theory was nonsense.
In 1999, Hansen publicly admitted that the US was in an 80 year long cooling trend and that there was zero evidence to support a global warming trend. Once again, Hansen admitted that it was nonsense. So fell Europe's dreams of the Kyoto Protocol sticking it to the US for not joining them in absurdly poor economic growth.
Unfortunately for NASA, a large part of their budget was monitoring those fucking temperatures, and to keep their budget up they needed a crisis. So they went along with the IPCC, that stands to get hundreds of billions in revenue every year, if not more, and faked one.
Since then, the past temperature has miraculously decreased. Everyone not a political hack, that looks at their alterations, says they're bullshit. Oh look, the guys over at East Anglia faked their tree rings to match it. Wow, we've been warming rapidly for over a century and no one noticed!
TOB doesn't cut it. Moved stations don't cut it. Changing equipment doesn't cut it. They're clear in the temperature records when you go back and look. You have normal oscillations and then poof, all of a sudden the graph jumps to another location in conjunction with the change. They didn't correct those gaps, there weren't that many to correct in the first place. People weren't fucking stupid just because it was the 30's, they knew how to read a damned thermometer. They didn't even have a button to clear out, they had a peg to slide back down the thermometer. It wouldn't have done any good to bother checking the temperature if the peg was still floating on the mercury.
Their first time forging a new temperature record, GISTEMP V2. They adjusted the entire trend line of the US by simply, and apparently randomly, jacking up records by about two degrees at some point along the way. They were occasionally where an actual deviation occurred, but they weren't corrections. They made far larger deviations in most of the records. I know this because I looked. At hundreds of them. I checked a rather large percentage of the entire USHCN at random. I then checked the GHCN at random for a hundred or so more and found the same problem. Guys like Watts know this because they looked too. How they thought they could get away with it was beyond me, but apparently I just wasn't pessimistic enough in my fellow man. Here we are still having this argument in 2013.
A few years later, GHCN came out with V3 of their protocols. NASA upgraded their records to GISTEMP V3, the one year magic jumps went away. The trend lines of individual graphs were all adjusted to match, relatlvely, the worst offenders. Those stations that were once well positioned, encroached upon by civlization, and showing increasingly positively biased readings over the decades.
This has all been documented, the few stations in the Arctic and Antarctic are the worst offenders, they've been skewed by multiple degrees over the actual readings taken. Apparently the scientists were too stupid to use a thermometer, so they had to do that to correct for TOB.
I can't imagine a more absurd hoax, but for some reason half the bleeding planet is just a real die hard on this.
Edit: Zombie, that's way below the belt. Don't you know that the ice age scare was just the work of a few quacks? It wasn't really taken seriously! Pay no heed to salacious proof of the same organizations involved in AGW being in support of that theory then!