You are one of the few that I have met, who claims that the science isn't over his or her head who is unaware of the parameters of the model. It isn't a secret and literally volumes have been written on the topic. Are you unable to intuit that cooking a turkey for 2 hours at 350 degrees will net a different result than cooking it for 8 hours at 87.5 degrees even though the bird will absorb the same amount of energy? Greater government control over industry and wealth redistribution. If you aren't in favor of those things, perhaps you might reconsider your stand on AGW since that is its sole purpose. Well that and decent paychecks for climatologists who historically haven't been very well paid. No, it hasn't escaped anyone. As I said, it isn't a secret and never has been. Only those people who really haven't put any time at all into research are still unaware of the parameters of the kiehl - trenberth energy budget. Then perhaps some actual research on the topic is in order on your part. Maybe it is such common knowledge that folks you previously discussed the topic with simply assumed that you knew and you simply accepted the weak rationalizations offered up as an explanation. It isn't as if it is hard to find information on the topic.