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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

US elite moving to Mars

A while ago, I mentioned that the US elite did have a backup plan for when the climate goes south; move to Mars and leave the rest of us to face the consequences of their ecological rape. This week, Bush put the beginnings of that plan into official policy. No joke, go here, here, and here

The policy seems to be that the US reserves the right to do what it pleases in space, including attacking those that get it its way. Here are the "new" official US Space Policy Goals:

3. United States Space Policy Goals

The fundamental goals of this policy are to:
  • Strengthen the nation’s space leadership and ensure that space capabilities are available in time to further U.S. national security, homeland security, and foreign policy objectives;
  • Enable unhindered U.S. operations in and through space to defend our interests there;
  • Implement and sustain an innovative human and robotic exploration program with the objective of extending human presence across the solar system;
And, note that this will be a business friendly migration plan (essentially US capital and political elites, essentially the same people, have decided that space is for them and them alone):

It is in the interest of the United States to foster the use of U.S. commercial space capabilities around the globe and to enable a dynamic, domestic commercial space sector. To this end, departments and agencies shall:

  • Use U.S. commercial space capabilities and services to the maximum practical extent; purchase commercial capabilities and services when they are available in the commercial marketplace and meet United States Government requirements; and modify commercially available capabilities and services to meet those United States Government requirements when the modification is cost effective;
  • Develop systems when it is in the national interest and there is no suitable, cost effective U.S. commercial or, as appropriate, foreign commercial service or system that is or will be available when required
  • Continue to include and increase U.S. private sector participation in the design and development of United States Government space systems and infrastructures;
  • Refrain from conducting activities that preclude, deter, or compete with U.S. commercial space activities, unless required by national security or public safety;
If you're American, I hope you realise that this plan will be financed by you. The Rover, beloved of all, is actually a real estate scout:

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