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  •  You're Right In Terms of Scale (1+ / 0-)
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    G2geek

    Apollo was sort of a whole nation putting one guy on the moon; what we need now is for one or a few people to put a whole nation on the moon.

    But as others say, in terms of framing it's a great image.

    The sole transformational national projects within living memory were the programs of The New Deal and its offshoots through the Great Society, all liberal, all completely trashed for marketing purposes.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 07:30:06 PM PDT

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    •  Oh and Since People THINK Apollo Spent a Huge (0+ / 0-)

      chunk of the national budget, the meme actually works in our favor for marketing an Apollo Energy project where a lot bigger commitment is needed.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 07:36:49 PM PDT

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      •  I guess I don't know what "huge" is (1+ / 0-)
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        subtropolis

        NASA's budget at the height of Apollo (actually, during the R&D times, prior to Apollo 11) was 6% of the Federal budget.  That is pretty big for a science related effort.  Now, NASA's budget is about 1% & DOE's entire R&D budget is less than 1/3 %

    •  the problem I have with it (0+ / 0-)

      is that people think we haven't actually DONE this yet, but we HAVE. And others actually DO remember that we've actually tried before. We have taken this on before, and we've failed.  A NUMBER of times. It's just not going to take a bunch of people in a room. And I don't agree that it was a whole nation putting one guy on the moon. It was a bunch of guys putting one guy on the moon.

      This needs to be ALL of us putting ALL of us on the moon. It will take public development. it will take private development.  It will take MASSIVE public education. It will require a HUGE public/private partnership, not to mention massive bipartisanship.  It will take hugely inspirational leadership. (Hi, Barack?)

      The Apollo Project just does not begin to encompass what needs to happen, as a frame.

      •  and, we have no choice. (0+ / 0-)

        Peak oil is with us, and the climate crisis is about to turn into a catastrophe.  We have no choice.  We have got to do this.  

        This is a Darwinian turning point: either we evolve, or we may very well wreck the planet and go extinct.  

        Compared to that, the financial price tag is a bargain.  

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