I sure hope Tom Friedman doesn’t see this item. No doubt he is eager to help his fellow NYT columnist and make Paul Krugman look sane by working space aliens into his schtick somehow – call it a “NYT editorial page unified theory of space aliens” or something. Not only could space aliens be a good economic stimulus, they could be a good reason to cut down on the greenhouse gases, so says NASA.
It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a pre-emptive alien attack, scientists claim.
Watching from afar, extraterrestrial beings might view changes in Earth’s atmosphere as symptomatic of a civilisation growing out of control – and take drastic action to keep us from becoming a more serious threat, the researchers explain.
This highly speculative scenario is one of several described by scientists at Nasa and Pennsylvania State University that, while considered unlikely, they say could play out were humans and alien life to make contact at some point in the future.
This clearly is a speculative “thinking outside of the box” endeavor but c’mon this is beyond silly. There is simply ZERO science behind this, the fact that it made it into print is laughable and, frankly, offensive. Aliens may just as well decide to destroy us if the New York Giants fail to win the Super Bowl this year. Come to think of it, it doesn’t have to be Friedman, maybe MoDo can work this into an anti-Rick Perry column – Rick Perry doesn’t believe in Global Warming, thus aliens will attack us and that would be terrible for women, ergo it’s all part of Rick Perry’s hatred and war on women!!!