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  •  Let me respond to this (7+ / 0-)

    1)  I would argue that space development and space settlement can go hand in hand with helping the planet.  Its not an escape hatch, but rather, its a place where certain activities that really shouldn't take place on earth are more conducive.  

    Added to that, is the point that, at the end of the day, I don't believe our "world" should be limited to a single planet.  We should be able to develop space, and settle space, and still keep the planet in good shape (or rather, return it to good shape).  

    2)  Technically, we live in a containerized environment, even now (its just a very big container).

    So, done properly and responsibly (and I admit that asks a lot of us as a species) space development isn't about leaving one house you've trashed to move into another.  Rather, its about adding on new sections to your original small house

    •  Ferris: I appreciate (1+ / 0-)
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      your well thought out response and would tend to agree if it were all left to the scientific community.  I believe scientists are inherently noble, idealistic and concerned about our current environment.  My problem is that I have zero faith in humankind particularly the folks associated with business and government.  Doing the right thing is rarely on their agenda and unfortunately there is no way to exclude their influence in these endeavors. As witnessed, by everything else that is jacked up about world.

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