We begin with brief outlines of 2 previous works on the subject:
by Brian Paine
Chapter 1 is about antique cars.
Chapter 2 is about fixing cars.
Chapter 3 is about the different parts of cars.
Chapter 5 is about how cars are polluting the earth.
Chapter 6 is a long argument for making cars illegal. Much space is devoted to the possibility of governments initially imposing a progressively increasing gasoline tax, the revenues then being used to develop alternative modes of transportation: building better train systems, subsidizing bicycle taxis, etc. The tax would increase 15% a year until operating a car would become punitively expensive for all but the most showy rich.
On the cover there is a picture of the author and his red Benz.
by Robert Stencil
The book has 4 chapters.
Ch. 1-- Men will get hotter and hotter.
Ch. 2-- Men will begin to die out in equatorial regions; cities will sink into the sea, and plains repeatedly ravaged by floods will reveal themselves to be fetid, poisonous swamps.
Ch. 3-- Wars; establishment of tyrannies; the fall of such.
Ch. 4-- There through it all, like the single red thread in sailors' rope, the Remnant.
[Outlines published this 15th of September, 1998.]
[The rest of CARS AND MEN will offer but a long series of press clippings confirming the prophetic value of the books of Paine and Stencil.]
1) BEIJING, Aug. 11, 1998 -- The Communist Party issued an emergency circular today that called on police and other security personnel to maintain order in the wide swath of central China being ravaged by the nation's worst floods in 44 years.
The government has announced that more than 2,000 people have died, 13.8 million people have been rendered homeless, and 240 million people -- almost equal to the population of the United States -- have been affected indirectly by the floods that began last month. Chinese officials have said that the floods are the nation's worst deluge since 1954, when 30,000 people died along the Yangtze's treacherous banks. (Washington Post)
2) TAPACHULA, Mexico, Sept. 12, 1998 -- After a tour of cities wrecked by floods in southern Mexico, the president on Saturday night pronounced the flooding the second-worst natural disaster in Mexican history. (AP)
3) TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, Nov. 3, 1998 -- Devastated Honduras appealed for help and set a curfew to stop looters while rescuers throughout Central America continued to dig for up to 7,000 dead on Monday after one of the century's most destructive Atlantic storms.
Their fragile economies ruined, impoverished Honduras and Nicaragua bore the brunt of horrific deluges and mudslides from a weeklong rampage by Mitch.
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Of 164 houses which once made up the farming viallage of Rolando Rodriguez, only one was still standing on Monday in a vast sea of mud that stretched as far as the eye could see. Half-buried and horribly disfigured bodies poked from mud that reached to the thighs, waiting to be doused with gasoline and set afire to prevent the spread of disease.
4) WASHINGTON, March 3, 1999 -- The 1990s were the warmest decade of the millennium, with 1998 the warmest year so far, researchers said on Wednesday.
The study adds to a growing body of evidence that the global climate has been getting steadily warmer--especially the last half of the 20th century. "Temperatures in the latter half of the 20th century were unprecedented," Raymond Bradley of the University of Massachusetts said in a statement.
Their report, published in Geophysical Research Letters, shows that temperatures dropped an average of 0.02 degress C (0.04 degrees F) per century for the 900 years before the 20th century.
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"As you go back farther in time, the data become sketchier," Michael Mann of the University of Massachusetts said.
He said records were not perfect, but complete enough to show "startling revelations."
"If temperatures change slowly, society and the environment have time to adjust," he said. "The slow, moderate, long-term cooling trend that we found makes the abrupt warming of the late 20th century even more dramatic.
"The cooling trend of over 900 years was dramatically reversed in less than a century. The abruptness of the recent warming is key, and it is a potential cause for concern." In January the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said they had established that 1998 was the warmest year on record.
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A warmer global climate melts the ice caps, raising sea levels, and disturbs weather patterns, causing droughts, severe storms, tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards.
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