1989: Isaac Asimov on Climate Change
January 6, 2011
Of all the books my parent’s shelves, the weighty, dog eared volume I remember turning to most as a young person was “The Intelligent Man’s Guide to Science”, by Isaac Asimov. For a generation, Asimov defined the rational approach, and a sense of the possibilities that reason and science might bring. His science fiction work is legendary, and a primary inspiration for many of the imaginary universes that permeate pop culture.
This video is part of a longer presentation at the Humanist Institute in New York in 1989, and it demonstrates yet again one of the primary messages of this series, — that the broad outlines of the climate change story have been understood for decades by, well, intelligent
men people who are guided by science. It’s been a recurring theme in this series – that the science was essentially complete long before Al Gore, long before the IPCC, long before the Hockey Stick.
The hangup has been the organized campaign of lies and distortions that has made political action impossible on the issue.
In case there’s any doubt about Asimov’s 1989 statement that he had been talking about the Greenhouse effect for 20 years, below you can listen to a brief radio interview on that very topic from 1977.
Here are some more examples of how well we have understood climate change, and for how long.