16 Any serious conversation about the planet’s climate and our energy future must begin, paradoxically, with a backward look at geologic time.
(A)The earth’s climate patterns and energy consumption are, contradictorily, determined by the geologic past of the planet.
(B)All important discussions about the climate and energy future of Earth must take the paradox of geologic time into consideration.
(C)A historical review of the earth’s geological past will, interestingly, assist our discussions about the planet’s climate and energy future.
(D)A retrospective view of the geologic time of Earth offers little insight into the planet’s climate and energy future.