Via NASA’s Global Climate Change page comes this 1989 video of science fiction author and biochemistry professor Isaac Asimov. As the NASA blog points out, if you change the coloring of the video, the facial hair style, and switch out Asimov for someone else, the video could pretty much have been made today. Only Asimov spoke without fear of retaliation from anti-science, pro-pollution wingnuts like Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
“I have been talking about the greenhouse effect for 20 years at least,” says Asimov in the video. “And there are other people who have talked about it before I did. I didn’t invent it.” As the NASA website points out, global warming, and the idea that humans can change the climate, is not new. Here’s some science 101 on the greenhouse effect, and it’s connection to our burning of fossil fuels: