Sunday, February 17, 2008

Urgent, Urgent, Emergency

I was just thinking about what a crisis global warming is. With the temperatures up into the twenties today, I realized that if I don't cut back in a real and painful way, winters where lows hit -20 degrees farenheit in Minneapolis may be a thing of the past. How terrible that would be.

Obviously we face a doomsday scenario like we've never seen before. Or have we? Here is a top eleven of hyperbole, in reverse chronological order:

11. "I think Gore is right. I think that it's going to -- the automobile engine as we know it will be gone within 50 -- I'll say 50 years." - John McLaughlin - 11/23/07

10. "We have ten years to save the planet," (from global warming) - Slogan from the Live Earth Concert - 7/7/07

9. "If Bush gets elected, he will put in new Superior Court judges [sic], and these guys are not going to want to see gay pride week" - Cher - 10/22/04

8. The Voting Rights Act signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965 will expire in 2007. Congress once again will decide whether African-Americans will be allowed to vote. - Mrs. Bill Cosby to USA Today - 7/8/98

7. "We only have ten years to save the world's oceans." Ted Danson - 1988

6. Regarding AIDS, "we face the dreadful prospect of a worldwide death toll in the tens of millions a decade from now," - Dr. Otis Bowen (US Secretary for Health and Human Services) - 1/30/87

5. If Ronald Reagan's policies "are permitted to continue, we could face not the risk but the reality of nuclear war." - Averell Harriman - 1984

4. The 1980 presidential election would determine "whether we have peace or war." - Jimmy Carter - 1980

3. "The central fact is that after three quarters of a century of extraordinarily mild conditions, the earth’s climate seems to be cooling down." - Newsweek Magazine, The Cooling World - 4/28/75

2. Regarding Richard Nixon's re-election, "if he gets in another 4 years, there's not going to be any America left." - Phil Ochs introducing his song "Here's to the State of Richard Nixon" - 1971

1. "Americans born since had a life expectancy of only 49 years, and predicted that if current patterns continued this expectancy would reach 42 years by 1980, when it might level out." - Paul Ehrlich (Eco-Catastrophy) - 1969


Blogger Patrick Lorch said...

4. The 1980 presidential election would determine "whether we have peace or war."

Thank goodness America made the right choice!

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is Husseyn Obama the new Carter?

7:15 PM  

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