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  • mojodiego mojodiego Feb 1, 2013 1:04 PM Flag

    Great Secretary Chu Quote - "The Stone Age did not end because we ran out of stones"

    "While we cannot accurately predict the course of climate change in the coming decades, the risks we run if we don’t change our course are enormous. Prudent risk management does not equate uncertainty with inaction," he said. "The Stone Age did not end because we ran out of stones; we transitioned to better solutions."

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    • "The Stone Age did not end because we ran out of stones; we transitioned to better solutions."
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      So back in the day, the federal government taxed the use of stones until a better solution could be flogged out of the people of the day? Prevented mining of stones on federal land until a better solution came along? Claimed increased production of stones when the tablets reported the government's ridiculous limitations, as if the private mines were under their thought control?

      No, the Stone Age ended when unfettered people went and found that some stones could be crushed and heated with carbon so that iron was made. Certainly, there were many in the Dept of Stones who wished otherwise (think of the public jobs!), but it was not long before the wise government began to regulate what it had never even thought of, and the Dept of Iron was born.

      Back in the day, there were environmentalists who opposed this of course. Not just fires, but hot fires were needed and sometimes got out of control. Carbon often made people dirty, and stones that might have been used for making caves safer were being broken up and many had to be dug out of the ground, where it made useless holes. Committees were formed and demonstrations (only simple signs on goat skins: "Ngh! " and "Grmp"). But the iron was taken anyway, and the leaders from the Dept of Stones in the government ran around to get in front again, claiming the government had been behind it all along (which they had, but not in the way they meant it).

      Don't be silly diego. When sunlight can be harnessed to drive a car 500 miles in the dark, it will replace oil. When gossamer albatrosses get built that do not require Olympic champions to fly 20 miles, they will replace many airliners. But not when somebody says stop..Ozymandias is no more.

      Chu was right, but not as you've interpreted it.

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      • No, the Stone Age ended when unfettered people went and found that some stones could be crushed and heated with carbon so that iron was made

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        No, it did not, reeeeeeeetarrrrrrrd. The Stone Age ended when they figured out how to smelt copper around 6,000 BC, and later to combine with tin to make bronze. The Bronze Age WAY predated the Iron Age, which did not start until MUCH later -- around 2,000 BC.

        Our Latin Pedant was off by "only" 4,000 years.

        You have been reported to Yahoo for being both insufferably pretentious (Ozymandias?) and really stupid.

        Hopefully Yahoo has the right stuff to TOS you.

        Baaaaaaa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha haha

 
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