Now we won't.
We don't do space any more. It's too expensive.
And besides, the environmental impact of building and launching
spacecraft wasn't good for out planet (or so say the greens).
Bottom line is simply this... there is no technical solution to
such a problem, other than reducing the population radically.
Nobody is going to volunteer to do that. Certainly not Al Gore.
The "obvious" conclusions that people have come up with reflect
serious framing errors (on both sides, I may add).
Comparing events of the last 10, 50, 100 years, when the patterns
have run for hundreds of thousands (or millions?) of years is
always going to be misleading.
This is not about science. It's purely politics.
For what it's worth...
Congress has seen fit to strip NASA of the monies needed to make a
replacement for the shuttle. Whether right or wrong, the slack should
soon be taken up by private enterprise, it seems from my following of
space faring. Because Congress didn't act, the Russians are doing an
excellent job of filling the hiatus in US capabilities. Another
advantage of the collaboration with the Russians is enhanced
understanding of each other. We're not living in the cold war anymore!!
(Which doen't mean we should abandon defense, just that we should adjust
Like I said, NASA didn't have the money (long before Obama) to properly
plan for a shuttle successor. Seems like a good solution to me to
contract (together with a whole lot of other countries) with the Russians
to arrange for transportation for astronauts of all nationalities to ride
Russian rockets, which happen to be of excellent quality. Mishaps with
freighters don't count, certainly in view of the 2 US shuttle losses with
a whole bunch of people on board (I am concerned those were preventable).
As far as I can tell, the "outsourcing" was totally arranged under Bush.
In the depth of winter, I finally learned
that within me there lay an invincible summer.
-- Albert Camus
There is no blame to any President. Other than lack of leadership. But
the boys at NASA are really grown-ups. If they really felt that it was
absolutely necessary to have a US only capability, they would have fought
for it much harder. Point is, the shuttle was an overreach, it was using
unproven technology (not a bad thing, but in this case not such a good
thing either), and there never was a civilian follow-up. Thus the
shuttle was mainly just that, a ferry up and down to the International
Space Station. Get it, for an international effort?!!
You mean that if I sign a contract for work to be done when I am not
President anymore, I don't get any credit for the contract?
George W. Bush issued a directive in January 2004 that shut down the shuttle
effective 2010. Congress extended the program one year. Obama is working hard
to get private industry to take up the slack. The SpaceX Dragon successfully
docked with the ISS and delivered supplies on May 25, 2012. SpaceX is working
hard to man rate the Dragon.
How's that for cognitive dissonance? Our favorite Socialist is moving a program
from government to private industry.
So uh like, ummmm Han! ;~) You think CO2 is a bad thing and should be
curbed as much as feasible but not enough to buy a greener vehicle???
The responsibility is every one else's ???
Maybe not bad enough or causing enough trouble that "you" should
=======================================================================Learned that one from Al Gore.
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