NASA: Aliens May Destroy Humanity Over Greenhouse Gases

Keanu Reeves Alien InvasionI share this only because when I read it I had to double-check and make sure I wasn’t at The Onion when I was found it.  Did you know NASA was spending all its post-shuttle down time coming up with hypothetical scenarios for what would happen should the People of Earth come in contact with alien invaders?  Now you do…

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.

Gotta love the first line – “It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases.”

Who are these folks kidding?  That’s the best friggin reason I’ve heard to date.  Aliens may invade our asses over greenhouse gases?  For that, I would carpool.

Al Gore’s got to be loving this…

Truth be told, that’s probably not even the most ridiculous part of this story.  It’s just the only aspect of the report that I thought would get your attention.  You have to read the rest of the story and the report.


Beneficial encounters ranged from the mere detection of extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI), for example through the interception of alien broadcasts, to contact with cooperative organisms that help us advance our knowledge and solve global problems such as hunger, poverty and disease.

Another beneficial outcome the authors entertain sees humanity triumph over a more powerful alien aggressor, or even being saved by a second group of ETs. “In these scenarios, humanity benefits not only from the major moral victory of having defeated a daunting rival, but also from the opportunity to reverse-engineer ETI technology,” the authors write.

“Or even being saved by a second group of ETs…”  Where have I heard that idea before?





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  5 comments for “NASA: Aliens May Destroy Humanity Over Greenhouse Gases

  1. Carl Martinez
    August 20, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I for one would think that any contact with extraterrestrials would be beneficial to mankind. For them to be able to contact us would mean they had the ability to travel through interstellar space, and we could learn this technology
    from them. Hopefully they would not see us as a threat but
    rather as a primitive species. If anyone believes “The Disclosure
    Project” then perhaps we are already being observed by Aliens.
    Hopefully this is true!

  2. August 21, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I find it interesting that our search for what lies ‘out there’ always begins with a look within ourselves. Given the eccentric and egocentric nature of the human psyche, I’m not sure if this always a good idea. Moreover, a fundamental flaw of the above mentioned study is that it makes no mention of Star Wars or Battlestar Galactica … but that’s another issue.

  3. Harry Worth
    August 21, 2011 at 11:06 am

    This article has spun out of control, the original error that it was a NASA document has travelled well in the US.
    First of all, in case you haven’t seen this already from the author: (website down when last checked)

    How’s it’s been spun:

    The damage has been done and the original misinformation will far outlive the reality of the story.

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