Whats up team?
As I continue to talk to people about LiftPort Group and what it means to construct LSEI (Lunar Space Elevator Infrastructure), it becomes increasingly more apparent to me that people are really sensitive about the moon. I had never really thought about why until Michael gave me a new assignment that involved this same concept. People are sensitive about the Moon because everyone retains their own personal and unique relationship with the Moon. We can all recall at least one memory where the Moon was present, whether it was a walk on a beach or a late light in the cities. People are protective of the Moon and statements like “we are going to mine the Moon” can often be problematic for them. While the people's concerns are completely understandable, the logic behind it almost seems flawed.
The fact of the matter is that the cost of living in the 21st century is steep, and destructive. The very screen you are reading this post on was mined out of our earth. Just for the screen you are looking at now a mountain may have been leveled, or a forest might have been destroyed just to get the rare earth elements to construct the components of your device. Places like Colorado, Ontario, China, and parts of Africa are all being ravaged for rare earth elements, all so that we can continue to live in the 21st century. If the world truly wants to stop strip-mining, then we need to give up our 21st century lifestyle and revert back to the 20th century standard of living. Since that shift is extremely unlikely to take place, we have a choice to make. We can either continue strip mining the Earth or, we need to find an alternative location, but the resources need to keep coming in to fill the stomach of the 21st century.
An alternative location to the Earth is the Moon. The Moon is an inert dead, biome absent, rock that is rich in ores and other rare earth elements that we can utilize instead of destroying our own earth. We need to recognize that we have ventured too far down the rabbit hole to venture back to the 20th century lifestyle. More importantly, we shouldn’t have to, we as a society have come far from our early beginnings, we have developed into an advanced world and the human race shouldn’t have to stop innovating because we run out of resources. The resources are available outside of the Earth in large quantities, we just need to be daring enough to seize the opportunity.
See you all next week,