I 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…
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.
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?