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

From: John Marlow (
Date: Wed Jan 31 2001 - 00:15:02 MST

#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.


On 30 Jan 2001, at 22:30, Spike Jones wrote:

> > Star drives and colonization are cool and desirable--but, dude, we've
> > got a lot of prep to do right here, right now, if we're ever gonna
> > get there.
> So lets do it. Whats the problem? Why should it take a century?
> Star drives are difficult, but the asteroids are right here in our
> back yards. Hell we can reach those with primative chemical
> rockets, fer cryin out loud. John what roadblocks are scaring
> you? Write em out and lets deal with em. spike

John Marlow

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