Follow-up to Global Warming vs. Space Race

Follow-up to Global Warming vs. Space Race

February 6th, 2007 | Posted in Science & Tech, Space

Synchronicity, or maybe just the luck of a vague clue about the issues, strikes today. I posted yesterday about a coming budget tension between space (defense, weapons, and exploration) and climate change mitigation. Well, today, Wired is displaying an article headlined: Bush Budget Funds NASA, Cuts EPA, by Luke O’Brien. The article suggests that we may see some of that argument rear its head over this budget.

It’s a “horns of a dilemna” choice: Our future depends on finding a way to fund both.
The new space race is the next cold war. The consequences of being left out, or losing balance so that we are threatened with space-based weapons we can’t defend against are unthinkable. On the flip side, what an opportunity — if we have the moral fortitude and negotiating skills — to create a better governance model!

The idea that getting to space will save the human race is just as dangerous. It is not an easy place to live. We must save our cradle, since virtually all of us that were born here will die here, and so will our children and our children’s children and…

The right answer is to start focusing on these issues, which are longer term, and to find some way, any way, to spend fewer resources on Iraq. If we don’t, this war may cost us our future. Literally. If we think potential terrorists in Iraq are bad, imagine space-based terrorists.

Brenda Cooper

About Brenda Cooper

Brenda Cooper is a writer, a technology professional, and a futurist. Brenda writes science fiction, fantasy, poetry, and non-fiction. Two of her novels, The Silver Ship and the Sea and Edge of Dark, have won the Endeavour Award for the best science fiction or fantasy book written by a Pacific Northwest author. Wilders was also short-listed for the P.K. Dick award. She is also currently the Director of Information Technology at Lease Crutcher Lewis, a premier Pacific Northwest builder. Her love of technology, science, and science fiction combines to drive her interest in the future, and she delivers keynote addresses in the future a few times a year.

1 Comment

  1. The Next Generation Spokesman   |   Jun 5, 2007

    True, I agree that we need to save our “cradle” as you put it. But regardless of our efforts Earth won’t last forever, now mind you this won’t affect our generation or many of the future ones. In my opinion we should explore space now, so that when it comes down to the time when future generations NEED to leave Earth humans will have already set up places for them to go, and have some experience living in space. Space may very well be a hard place to live but… if humans can build up the courage to blow them selves up for radical religious movements, I think we can tough it out in Space.