If you want to see left-wing hysterics on parade, check out come of the comments to this
SFGate article on the Lunar X Prize (link via Jay Manifold
email). The very first comment summarizes the two lefty complaints:
So many things that money could do back on Earth. Instead, we race to ruin the environment in Space the way we have here...
Translation: the LXP contestants are blowing money on some frivolity instead of helping the poor, and they're threatening the extraterrestrial environment.
I posted this response on page 4 of comments (line braks added to improve readability):
- If you are so disturbed by people spending big bucks on what is essentially a luxury good, are you similarly disturbed by the spending on motion pictures?
- The money IS doing stuff back on Earth. Private-sector lunar explorers (and filmmakers) create jobs for people who sell them the tools of their endeavors.
- In a place such as the Moon where no life exists, what exactly constitutes negative environmental impact?
Unfortunately, a significant portion of this San Francisco news site's readership will to fail to see Point 2's relevance to fighting poverty.
Labels: Politics, Space