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Dilemma. One avenue for finding different sources of energy is using any one of the many possibilities space travel presents, for things like a orbitting solar-power collecting satellites or collecting helium from the moon. The problem is that the only source of energy we have to get to space is petroleum-fueled crafts. And since a. we are on the precipice of reaching the global oil peak (definitely within our lifetimes at least) that will make oil scarce and way, way, WAY more expensive; and b. since our current efforts up there seem to have no real purpose other than to build bases before other countries do and because we haven't done anything serious in space in a really long time--shouldn't the time for using space as a way to create new forms of energy be, like, right now!? While we are aware of the impending energy crunch, the possibilities space provides and while we still have the cheap oil to get there? Not to mention while our country is in need of the jobs and the economic boost that it will surely provide?

What the heck is wrong with our leaders!? They need to get their heads out of their asses!!??

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From:subarashi
Date:August 9th, 2005 04:00 am (UTC)
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nuclear pulse propulsion is far superior but the world nuclear is too taboo to usually mention.

also a space elevator could solve many problems and is quite feasible during the next thirty years.
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From:sisko
Date:August 10th, 2005 03:36 am (UTC)
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Your very right Nearnorth, what the heck is wrong with our leaders? Unfortunately some people on this rock can only see the problems that will arise in the short term whilst long term stuff is put on the back burners. I was listening to the news today and they say that the space program costs $18.8bn, not sure if thats for a year but thats quite a bargain when you think in terms of how much funding the Military gets. I think right now space mining is simply not viable because it would cost alot more to get up there and mine the stuff and bring it back down again. As Subarashi has said, once we get a space elevator, cargo will be alot cheaper to transport.
From:adree
Date:August 10th, 2005 08:44 pm (UTC)
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Those that cannot see past the current week fail to appreciate the severity of the future energy problems. Greed and apathy are the biggest obstacles to obtaining a new energy source that would benefit space exploration and the earth itself.
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From:ladycatherina
Date:July 3rd, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
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Would love to see development in this arena, also.
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