posted on Jun, 10 2016 @ 06:24 PM
I'm not one of those who thinks that the space program is a waste; on the contrary, I think it's a much better way to spend tax $ than perpetual war
and huge subsidies for mega-corporations. But on this, I'm afraid I have to join the 'Bad Idea' side.
How about taking that money and preparing/hardening our electric grid against an EMP/Solar Flare? It's completely doable, would only take some cash
and a few years. And as far as good investments, I would argue there's none of a more critical importance. If the sun randomly spews one big Coronal
Mass Ejection in our direction (as has happened before with devastating results- Google 'Carrington Event'), or fill in the blank country decides to
set off a nuclear airburst over North America and EMP our asses back to the stone age, it would be bad. Current estimates are at least 100 years to
get us back to our current condition... so it's game over man, game over! And once all the nuclear power stations started overheating and melting down
from lack of offsite power, and no fuel for their diesel generators due to no working gas stations and clogged roads, our country- and eventually the
whole planet- world would be a nuclear wasteland for thousands of years.
So yeah, better ways to spend that billion than a cool clubhouse on Mars.