NASA won’t comment

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NASA scientists have been ordered not to comment about The Day After Tomorrow, a $125 million disaster film about global warming opening in May, The New York Times reported this week. In the movie, a vice president resembling Dick Cheney scoffs at warnings until pollution disrupts warm ocean currents, causing an ice age. The president’s motorcade freezes instantly, and refugees rush into Mexico, where it’s warmer. NASA researchers said the premise was ridiculous, but their bosses were afraid it would spark anger at the Bush administration’s skepticism about global warming. A Bush spokeswoman said there had been no discussion in the White House about the movie, “none at all.”

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