Daily Illuminator

January 29, 2007: And That Was HOW Far Back?

So . . . the issue of global warming is generally accepted, except perhaps (I haven't checked recently) by Fox News. Those who say it's not happening, especially if they're speaking on behalf of polluting industries, are finding themselves labeled "deniers." Not that this is translating very well to action yet, but then we're not a terribly intelligent species. Still, just how long have some scientists seen it coming? Here's a movie quote.

Mr. Scientist: Even now, Man may be unwittingly changing the world's climate through the waste products of his civilization. Due to our release through factories and automobiles every year of more than six billion tons of carbon dioxide, which helps air absorb heat from the sun, our atmosphere seems to be getting warmer! Now, without using Google, can you guess what DECADE that appeared?

Now I'll make you scroll down . . .

A bit more . . .

Okay. It was in the FIFTIES! Specifically, in the Frank Capra educational film The Unchained Goddess, one of a fantastic quartet that he did near the end of his career. I can still remember seeing these in elementary school . . .

You tell 'em, Frank.
-- Steve Jackson

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