Re: from 6 billion to 500 million: how? (was RE: true abundance?)

From: Michael Lorrey (
Date: Wed Jan 31 2001 - 08:23:56 MST

John Marlow wrote:
> #1? The common man.
> #2? Politicians.
> #1 doesn't give a damn, so #2 won't put up the money.
> End of story.
> As to private investment, with current tech aiming for Mars would
> break Bill Gates.
> Again, end of story.
> In short--it ain't in the near-term cards.
> You can show a 90% cost reduction, maybe someone will be interested,
> maybe not.

Actually, the Mars Direct project could be accomplished by private
industry maybe not with Bill Gates wealth, but the wealth equivalent of
Microsoft. We could certainly do it with a mere 20% of the national
surplus of the coming decade, and leave a permanent presence.

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