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Krugmania, only in reverse

This is like "Can You Top This?"

First, Paul Krugman suggested that space aliens might fix the ailing US economy.

Now this.

Anyone listening to the anti-energy development crowd would think that pretty much any research coming out of Penn State must be false on its face.  Has to be.  After all, it's paid for by the very people who want to be presented in a positive light and we've previously posted on the curious phenomenon of Penn State's one-sidedness a couple of times at least.

Wait...(emphasis mine)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Penn. –  We've all heard of the ravaged rain forests and the plight of the polar bear. But as far as reasons for saving the planet go, the one offered by scientists Thursday [August 18th] is truly out of this world.
 

A team of American researchers have produced a range of scenarios in which aliens could attack the earth, and curiously, one revolves around climate change.

They speculate that extraterrestrial environmentalists could be so appalled by our planet-polluting ways that they view us as a threat to the intergalactic ecosystem and decide to destroy us.

The thought-provoking scenario is one of many envisaged in a joint study by Penn State and the NASA Planetary Science Division, entitled "Would Contact with Extraterrestrials Benefit or Harm Humanity? A Scenario Analysis"...

[....] But before we brace ourselves for alien annihilation, the report suggests things could turn in humanity's favor.

"As we continue the search for extraterrestrials into the future, perhaps our thinking about the different modes of contact will help human civilization to avoid collapse and achieve long-term survival," it suggests.

Phew!  That was close.

But...but...but—you mean Penn State is not a hotbed of right-wing pseudo-scientific extremism? 

We'll be attending a conference at Penn State later this year.  We'll let you know if we run into this guy:

h/t Tom

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