Cortesía de Isaac Asimov, o para ser más preciso, de un extracto de su mejor novela: The Gods Themselves, que pueden descargar, por cierto, en un antiguo post de mi previo blog.
Veamos el extracto, en inglés original:
“Let me give you a lesson in practical politics.” Senator Burt looked at his wristwatch, leaned back and smiled. “It is a mistake,” he said, “to suppose that the public wants the enviroment protected or their lives saved and that they will be grateful to any idealist who will fight for such ends. What the public wants is their own individual comfort.
“Now then, young man, don’t ask me to stop the Pumping. The economy and comfort of the entire planet depend on it. Tell me, instead, how to keep the Pumping from exploding the Sun.”
Lamont said, “There is no way, Senator. We are dealing with something here that is so basic, we can’t play with it. We must stop it.”
“Ah, and you can suggest only that we go back to matters as they were before Pumping.”
“In that case, you will need hard and fast proof that you are right.”
“The best proof,” Lamont said stiffly, “is to have the Sun explode.”
Cualquier parecido con la realidad no es pura coincidencia, pues Asimov, desde 1972, año en que escribió la novela, ya estaba pendiente de la crisis ambiental que sufrimos.