Monday, October 27, 2008

Drill, Baby, Drill

Evidently, many people believe that we can drill our way out of all of our problems.

And if the resources aren't here? Well, we'll drill the rest of the universe.

Starting with the moon according to Julia Levitt

She writes:

The New York Times reported last week that on October 22, India launched its first unmanned spacecraft to orbit the moon.

The craft is expected to remain in space for two years. During that time, it will do something undeniably cool:

prepare a 3-D atlas of the moon.

The other part of its mission, however, is something I find pretty unsettling:

and prospect the lunar surface for natural resources, including uranium, a coveted fuel for nuclear power plants, according to the Indian Space Research Organization.

Um, this is a really stupid idea. Not only is it logistically insane and prohibitively costly, but it is yet another example in humans' belief that there is always more where that came from and that technology will solve our problems.

But there's not more of a lot of things. And if we are seriously looking to find our resources from the moon, we are in very big trouble.