Earl R. Beck


In the Spring of 1899 Prometheus, a dignified and respectable German industrial and scientific weekly magazine, featured an article about “Project Ally Sloper,” an engineering scheme of enormous proportions designed to divert the Gulf Stream and alter the climate of North America and Western Europe. German readers were told that Americans, flushed with success from the Spanish-American War, were contemplating spectacular peacetime plans. The periodical proclaimed its “immeasurable confidence” that this project, like all American plans, would be carried through successfully.