Friday, March 28, 2008

Global warming blessing or curse?

The Mystery Woman is a good spotter because she’s better read than I. Credit her curiosity with finding this nugget from 1949 that fits today. It’s from Arthur C Clarke, the futuristic genius who wrote the screenplay and novel 2001, A Space Odyssey and then wrote the movie with Stanley Kubrick.

Stay with me here. This has a surprise conclusion.

Here’s the quote from The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke. The chapter is aptly titled History Lesson, first published in Startling Stories, May 1949.

‘History Lesson’ is also the first of two stories in which glaciers return to cover the world. In the preface to Expedition to Earth, Clarke notes his discovery of a literally chilling phrase in Will and Ariel Durant’s Story of Civilisation. ‘Civilisation is an interlude between Ice Ages’, and observes ‘the next one is already overdue; perhaps global warming has arrived just in time to save us.’

ADD ONE: cities around the world will go dark for the second annual Earth Hour Saturday night. At Niagara, for example, Horseshoe Falls will go dark.

ADD TWO: the enormous floating Antarctic ice shelf sheared off this month after holding tight for more than 12,000 years.

Worth repeating: ‘perhaps global warming has arrived just in time to save us.’

Reckon?

9 comments:

Sharon said...

That's chilling.....

Anonymous said...

Like it or not, the phases of Earth's climate is an ever changing happening.
Al Gore is simply using this 'normal'phase to line his own pockets and set in motion a rather nasty form of government control.By establishing a catastrophic event called 'global warming'the future of our independence lies in the hands of governmental control over the industrial complex. They want to control how and when we can go about daily business by casting the blame on industry.If they can control that, then 'we've had it'.------------Goose

George Phenix said...

Al Gore was born March 31, 1948. He had nothing to do with global warming in 1949.

And I call BS on the rest.

Anonymous said...

No one implied or stated directly that Al Gore was the first to use the term 'global warming'. as for the rest of my comment,we can only look at the media presentations of the direction that our government has gone and is going in the future.--------Goose

George Phenix said...

You can say what you will, but it is well documented that Al Gore's first words were: "global warming."

True. Followed by: "we're rich."

And he's been a pain ever since. Too bad Gore is so difficult to like because we need more jerks like him to goose us into doing the right thing.

Anonymous said...

Don't be too surprised if the name Al Gore is not at the top of the list for Democratic nominee for President,come convention time. I stated several weeks ago that he could very well be the compromise choice if the Demo race continues at its present personal slaughter pace.
The super delegates could easily demand that a compromise name be offered.The only name that would fit the bill would be Gore's.

George Phenix said...

If that happens, I'm learning the words to "O Canada."

Anonymous said...

Or boning up on my Spanish---Goose

The South Plainsman said...

The globe has been warming since the end of the last ice age, but it is still much cooler than it was around 1300 AD. Several degrees, I understand. Back then, one could grow good wine grapes in the north of England.

Then came the so-called "Little Ice Age" beginning around 1650 that lasted until about 1850. During that time, the Thames froze over during the winter so much that they held fairs on the ice.

Now we find that actually, the warming trend has plateaued the last 5 years, something that would not happen if it were entirely due to high CO2 emissions.

The whole issue is far from resolved, but that won't make nuts like Gore quit. Think about the fame and fortune he has made with his idiocy! And, of course, liberals follow guys like him as if they were lemmings.

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