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Billionaire Wants to Mine the Moon


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David
- 138 days ago - cnbc.com
As a child growing up in rural India in the 1960s and 1970s, Naveen Jain would gaze up at the moon and imagine a life beyond his modest surroundings. Today he's still gazing at the moon, but for far different reasons...



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Alan Lambert (89)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 1:10 am
So does Newton LeRoy Gincrich
 

Roseann D. (178)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 3:05 am
Because destroying one planet for greedy billionaires and the GOP simply is not enough.
 

Sylvie A. (134)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 3:09 am
L'argent est souvent l'origine de toute destruction. Quelle dsolation !
 

David F. (14)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 4:32 am
(doubleplusUN)well, (and as always,) IF it gets subsidized enough, some may even make a profit from it.
 

Ben Oscarsito (353)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 5:50 am
Yeah, why not blow up The Moon...? -We're almost done with Mother Earth...
 

Natasha Salgado (518)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 6:11 am
Makes sense--Earth just isn't good enough anymore--not much left to destroy.
 

Roger Skinner (14)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 10:54 am
It is pretty much inevitable that we will eventually mine the moon for valuable resources. At least on the moon we won't be fighting/killing indigenous people or destroying the habitats of endangered species. Though there is likely to be some international disputes over who has the right to mine stuff that may lead to conflicts here on Earth. Still, it will be decades, at least, before viable moon-mining operations become practical/cost-effective. Besides the problems/costs of getting mining equipment to the moon in the first place, then you have to find the resources worth mining. Then what do you do? Do you send the raw material back to Earth for processing? Or do you try to process it on the moon? It often takes tons of raw material to produce a few ounces of useful resources. Weight is a BIG consideration in space travel, but processing isn't simple. In any case, I would much prefer that we mine the moon than continue destructive mining operations here on Earth.
 

Barbara D. (96)
Monday April 7, 2014, 8:43 am
WE demand more and more....WE use up resources...WE buy the products... WE waste resources...WE breed with no sense of responsibility...and then WE demand even more and more.

And THEN we blame someone else....the people who are only supplying OUR incessant, insatiable demands. People, if we don't use it they won't have a reason to produce it!
 

Roger Skinner (14)
Monday April 7, 2014, 10:58 am
Yes, Barbara, WE do. Yet, with over seven billion people, it's a bit hard to get around that fact. Are you proposing that we give up all technological progress and go back to living as cavemen? Since you are on this website, I assume you have a computer and internet access. Why don't you give that up? That is part of the resources and products millions, if not billions are using. You ready to give up your TV? Ready to give up advanced medical testing and treatments that may let you live longer? Ready to give up phone service that lets you connect to your significant others? Ready to give up the machines that make your clothes or harvest your food? Ready to give up the power plants that produce your electricity? Sure, we ALL could use less, but how much less would keep us from using up what is available on Earth? Even if we somehow stopped population growth NOW, resources will still be used up. We either start looking elsewhere or get prepared for living as cavemen again.
 

Barbara D. (96)
Monday April 7, 2014, 11:40 am
Roger, no, don't be mistaken. ** I ** am ALL for every bit of technology we can envision! Most people aren't ~ and I'm saying exactly what you are (I think?) They took advantage of everything that innovative minds provided, They took and took, and they bred and bred. Now they denigrate innovative minds and curse the producers as *greedy* suckers and imagine some *BigConspiracy*.

** I ** don't want to give up minds that can think to go grubbing for roots and berries!
 

Roger Skinner (14)
Monday April 7, 2014, 12:30 pm
Sorry Barbara. I guess I don't understand the point you are trying to make, and am even more confused by your last comment.
 

Barbara D. (96)
Monday April 7, 2014, 1:24 pm
People have to take responsiblity. BigAg, BigCorp, Big Pharma, Big Energy.......all exist solely because of demand for their products.
Signing petitions and placing the blame elsewhere in self-righteous indignation accomplishes nothing.
Why shouldn't Jain mine a barren rock? Why shouldn't scientists further develop biotechnology?
People still want what they want and plenty of it, but they also want to shut down BP, Shell, Monsanto, Pfizer....
Sign the petition to get Shell out of the Arctic, and then hop in the car and fill'er up...at the Shell gas station.
 

Jamie Clemons (280)
Monday April 7, 2014, 1:30 pm
Then the moon really will look like swiss cheese.
 

Birgit W. (144)
Monday April 7, 2014, 2:08 pm
Leave our beautiful moon alone. Roseann D. says it all, thanks.
 

Madhu Pillai (22)
Monday April 7, 2014, 2:13 pm
Maybe the millionaire should come down to earth and spread his money alleviating some miseries here before flying off to the moon, take a leaf out of Bill Gates life, isn't destruction of one planet enough?
 

Sheri Schongold (6)
Monday April 7, 2014, 2:21 pm
Personally, I think that the money and energy that this will involve, would be better spent/used down here. We need so much help after the raping of America by the government, that the help would be welcomed especially if it is done on a basis that doesn't let the government have any say. Maybe then we would be able to have a country that isn't embarrassing. If he insists on going to the moon, then he is just a crazy as 1/2 our population.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Monday April 7, 2014, 2:31 pm
Billionaires will only be satisfied when they own the Universe. Greedy bastards.
 

Mandi T. (423)
Monday April 7, 2014, 3:11 pm


Ditto what Ben and Nelson said!
















 

Roger Garin-michaud (61)
Monday April 7, 2014, 3:19 pm
noted, thanks
 

Lois Jordan (54)
Monday April 7, 2014, 3:49 pm
Noted. The first 2 words say it all: "Billionaire Wants..."
 

Kate Kenner (200)
Monday April 7, 2014, 4:02 pm
Some rich fool who is bored and doesn't know what to do with his life or money. While I love space and seeing it humans have left trash up there and will mess it up just like they have down to this planet. Stay on earth and do something positive with you money big shot billionaire. No one would have that much money to begin with.
 

Theresa Robinson (46)
Monday April 7, 2014, 5:30 pm
MONEY TALK'S, BULL SHIT WALK'S. Thank-you for sharing. T.R
 

Jan Fridtjofsen (2)
Monday April 7, 2014, 11:32 pm
Better try so save Mother Earth before it's too late ... maybe it's already too late?
 

Julie W. (21)
Tuesday April 8, 2014, 3:03 am
He has been watching too many sci-fi movies.
 

Micheael Kirkbym (85)
Tuesday April 8, 2014, 6:04 am
Noted. I guess this is inevitable and sooner or later the parasites will get loose from the solar system confines.
 

Barbara D. (96)
Tuesday April 8, 2014, 6:22 am
Kate, the rich fool bigshot billionaire worked and earned every penny of his billions and he doesn't owe anyone because of his intelligence and ability.
If HE spends HIS money to mine the moon ~ WE benefit from a new source that will fulfill OUR needs.
 

Stephen Brian (23)
Tuesday April 8, 2014, 9:45 am
I believe we currently have the technology now to mine the moon. Getting the stuff back to Earth could be a real problem, though, unless they plan on building space-based infrastructure.
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Tuesday April 8, 2014, 12:50 pm
What the hell....
 

stewart parks (0)
Tuesday April 8, 2014, 1:39 pm
Well we have plundered and stripped this planet... so lets move on to the next .
 

Joanne Dixon (38)
Tuesday April 8, 2014, 1:56 pm
:Kate, the rich fool bigshot billionaire worked and earned every penny of his billions and he doesn't owe anyone because of his intelligence and ability." - That WAS sarcasm, wasn't it?
I see by the article they are talking robotics which is too bad because anyone who wants to mine the moon should definitely get a one way ticket to there.
 

Barbara D. (96)
Tuesday April 8, 2014, 4:08 pm
It ***MOST** assuredly was ***NOT*** !! Why is it too bad, Joanne? Do you really think earth's resources are going to last much longer ~ with a burgeoning population fixing to hit 8 billion very shortly?
And all 8 million needing, needing, needing more, more, MORE.
 

Jhn Wzt (3)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 2:16 am
hell go broke pretty fast if hes tryin 2 mine th moon it aint cheap 2 send equipment and or ppl up there :)
1st he must prospect after minerals thn he need 2 get mining equipment n so on up tht is if he finds anything worth mining up there :)
 

Melania Padilla (176)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 8:47 am
No words... I thought this would remain in the "despicable me" movie.....
 

Shan D. (49)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 1:15 pm
Oh, good grief. I thought Care2 was supposed to attract people with *progressive* mindsets? Apparently not.

No, I don't want to see open-pit mines on the Moon if I look up some night. But mining is something that WILL happen on the Moon and asteroids and elsewhere in the Solar System eventually.

"Too much sci-fi"? Rather, not enough of the *literate* science fiction that uses REAL SCIENCE as its base - like Ben Bova's "Grand Tour" novels. Two of the books in that series deal with mining and colonization of the Moon. Dr. Bova is a real scientist, as well as a great storyteller. I recommend his books to anyone scared of future technology and what it can do for the human race.*

*Mind you, it's going to take a radical change in the "religion-as-science" crap infesting the school systems.
 

Aaron Bouchard (126)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 10:54 am
Noted thanks
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 11:07 am
Yeah
 

Donna G. (38)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 1:26 pm
I can think of way better things to spend money on and they are all on Earth.
 

P.S. Gravemaker (62)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 1:39 pm
Noted: I will quote care2 Kit B here: ""The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago... had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.""

I didn't think I would live long enough to watch mankind completely destroy this planet and instead of cleaning up our mess and investing in sustainable energy, we're now going to pillage the moon. I wonder what company will claim patents on this moon harvest. The billionaire 0.3% club?

Helping to drive this newfound interest in PRIVATELY-FUNDED space exploration is the Google Lunar X Prize. The same google who allowed the NSA to spy on people!? They certainly chucked their company logo " first do no evil" out the window. Let's face it, we live under corporate governance. There isn't even a shred of democracy left.
 

P.S. Gravemaker (62)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 1:49 pm
I don't understand the comments from people defending any of this. Why are you even on care2? Go complain about us retarded dumb peasants to your billionaire neighbour whose stockbroker will provide you with insider trading information so you can order your accountant to stash your profits away in some taxhaven.
 

Janis K. (97)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 2:24 pm
Can't this man come up with a better reason to be remembered!?! Like feeding the hungry, and helping the poor. Or is his real plan just to make more money. What a waste.
 

P.S. Gravemaker (62)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 3:20 pm
Shan, I fell asleep halfway your speech, sorry!
 

Debra Tate (17)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 5:20 pm
Just can't leave well enough alone! It is not bad enough that they are ruining the earth, now they want to do the same to the moon. Stupid fools!
 

Panchali Yapa (12)
Friday April 11, 2014, 8:17 am
Thank you
 

Rehana VN (0)
Friday April 11, 2014, 9:07 am
Earth already messed up. Moon in his sights! This guy must be watching too much Bollywood crap to have fizzled out his brains!
 

Shan D. (49)
Friday April 11, 2014, 9:49 am
What a racist thing to say, Rehana.
 

Freya H. (304)
Friday April 11, 2014, 10:21 am
Well, at least La Lune doesn't have an ecology to speak of, or any endangered species. Let us consider that angle. Resources taken from our nearest cosmic neighbor are ones that we can leave in our home planet's crust. Bringing that stuff back here, though - that won't be easy, though we have the technology.

I can certainly understand concerns about wrecking another world, and how we need to make do with fewer resources here.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday April 11, 2014, 12:45 pm
for me he can mine his a...
sorry but I'm fed up to read and hear such insanities
 

David B. (27)
Friday April 11, 2014, 1:12 pm
"Personally, I think that the money and energy that this will involve, would be better spent/used down here." So do I. I also wonder why we spend so much money exploring space when so many homeless people are not faring well on our own back door?
 

Betty Kelly (2)
Friday April 11, 2014, 3:00 pm
The planet Earth is suffering from many mining wounds and now he wants to do the same to the Moon. I say NO.
 

Leanne B. (26)
Friday April 11, 2014, 3:21 pm
The sad greed of more and more. I say leave the moon alone.
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Friday April 11, 2014, 3:55 pm
When NASA was preparing for the Apollo project, they did some astronaut training on a Navajo Indian reservation. One day, a Navajo elder and his son were herding sheep and came across the space crew. The old man, who only spoke Navajo, asked a question, which the son translated: "What are the guys in the big suits doing?" A member of the crew said they were practicing for their trip to the moon.

The old man got really excited and asked if he could send a message to the moon with the astronauts. Recognizing a promotional opportunity for the spin-doctors, the NASA folks found a tape recorder. After the old man recorded his message, they asked the son to translate. He refused. So the NASA reps brought the tape to the reservation, where the rest of the tribe listened and laughed, but refused to translate the elder's message to the moon.

Finally, NASA called a official government translator. He reported that the moon message said: "Watch out for these guys; they've come to steal your land."

That's a joke but with a lot of truth to it.
 

Shan D. (49)
Friday April 11, 2014, 4:38 pm
""Personally, I think that the money and energy that this will involve, would be better spent/used down here." So do I. I also wonder why we spend so much money exploring space when so many homeless people are not faring well on our own back door?" (David B.)

David, please get rid of everything in your life that was made possible due to the space program and the research and technology that came from it. If you do this, we will never hear from you again, for you will have given up your computer, internet, TV, phone, and everything else that depends on satellite technology (you do realize that with no space program, those communications satellites that make this very thread possible wouldn't exist, right?).
 

David B. (27)
Friday April 11, 2014, 4:44 pm
"David, please get rid of everything in your life that was made possible due to the space program." Nothing in my life is a spin off from a space program. The 'space program' is a waste of money better spent on housing the homeless here on earth.
 

Shan D. (49)
Friday April 11, 2014, 4:49 pm
Then tell me how those communications satellites got up in orbit - did someone blow them up with a pea-shooter? And don't say they're not part of your life. You're on the internet. They're part of your life.
 

bob m. (32)
Friday April 11, 2014, 7:09 pm


Hope the reptilians are waiting .. cutlery in claw.
 

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Friday April 11, 2014, 10:16 pm
noted
 

Freya H. (304)
Saturday April 12, 2014, 7:18 am
Well put Shan D. Loved the joke, Dandelion. David B., I usually agree with you; but your assertion that the space program is a waste of money has no merit. Shan is right - if you got rid of everything that was a result of the space program, you'd have to go all the way back to, at best, early 1960s technology: TV with rabbit ears, land-line rotary-dial phone only, no Internet (and no Care2), no iPod, no Blackberry, not even a Commodore 64. You'd have to drive a car from no later than the mid-60s that has no air bags, and rely on paper maps to get where you're headed. I could go on and on and on until the cows come home. Please think about all that before you call NASA a waste of money. The computer your are using, and the Internet that makes Care2 possible, are spinoffs of the space program.

Besides, would you rather we had ended up at the mercy of the Soviet Union - or the Red Chinese - because we were afraid to "waste" money and effort on space exploration? If you are so concerned about the homeless, donate to your local homeless shelter and/or food bank.
 

Winn Adams (191)
Saturday April 12, 2014, 11:59 am
Love Dandelion's comment. If they could they would . . . .
 

Hartson Doak (32)
Saturday April 12, 2014, 12:06 pm
I am amazed at how heated this discussion is. Yes, there are problems with inequality in the world. But, stopping one billionaire from exploring a potential resource that can help solve these issues is not the way to go. Did you read his personal motto? He measures success not in the bank account, but by how much you help others. That says it all.
Mining the moon and the asteroids is the future. We have stripped Mother of her resources. But, if we are not to descend into an apocalyptic future, and help prosperity for everyone, we need theses resources. I like the Navaho warning to the moon people. This is a warning of how most Western societies think. I want it. I'm taking it. But, this thinking is going away with the realization that we can no longer have a throw away economy/society. We are moving into the 21st Century in spite of those who are still thinking in a 19th century thinking.
 

Dan Nickerson (178)
Saturday April 12, 2014, 3:09 pm
A billionaire wants to mine the moon? There is not enough text room for me to respond. I will just say I didn't think we were through with exploiting this planet.
 

David B. (27)
Saturday April 12, 2014, 7:07 pm
Clive is now an Australian politician. Good for him, he spent millions getting there. He has a great sense of humour so we should welcome him with open arms. No other Aussie politician has a sense of humour. Tony Abbott is a fool, the rest of the government are idiots.
 

Charlie Rush (53)
Saturday April 12, 2014, 8:02 pm
Oh come on !
How's surprised at this idea?
 

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Sunday April 13, 2014, 4:28 am
Ya no les alcanza con la tierra ...
 

Bob P. (424)
Sunday April 13, 2014, 2:46 pm
surprise surprise time to destroy another planet
 

june t. (65)
Saturday April 26, 2014, 9:57 pm
OMG! that's all I have to say.
 
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