Astronomers chronically downplay the hazard of meteor and comet impact on Earth for one simple reason. Our only defense against them at present are the world’s nuclear ICBM arsenals and liberal academia bleeds from its eyes and ears at any justification for the nuclear arms race to be considered as a savant for humanity. Google “Richard Firestone” plus “Younger Dryas Event”
Some on the left have actually advocated some such tragedy to reduce the world population.
It is a good reason not to let Obama and Kerry get rid of the US arsenal, isn’t it?
The article that I read on Drudge, this morning, said that the Russians had used a missile on the meteor, is that not correct?
1) No they don't. They generally constantly try to highlight the hazard, not downplay it. Do you ever read actual science journals? Watch Science channel documentaries? Of course, if any natural scientist DOES highlight a given hazard, then people on FR savagely attack them for "just trying to get more money."
What they DO downplay is the hazard of specific asteroids with well-calculated orbits that miss the Earth, when kooknutter sites claim otherwise.
2) Stop getting your science knowledge from kook websites and bad movies. Of the many potential methods to try to divert an incoming asteroid, nuking them is one of the dumber ones.
Would you rather be hit with a deer slug or a shotgun; as all a bomb would do to a 10 ton solid rock is to turn it into 10 tons of flying gravel!