posted on Jun, 19 2004 @ 09:04 PM
If Cheney said that, then it's a pretty sad comment on the awareness of basic science that this administration has. As others have pointed out,
there IS no oil there (the conditions aren't right) and the effort of getting any minerals off any other planet is so huge (years of space travel
time, the effort of mining it, the energy to get it back) that it's easier to develop alternative forms of energy here at home than it is to do a
mission to Mars/elsewhere for some sort of wonderfuel.