Good evening fellow ATS-ers I have been pondering some recent world problems that we have been having lately and i just wanted to share what i came up
with. This is also my first thread so go easy on me!
These are some of the main topic points that seem to be problematic for our planet at the moment.
~slumping economies world-wide
~possible extinction of our species due to natural disaster or ELE
~climate change from CO2 emissions and the burning of fossil fuels
and thats just scratching the surface of our problems as a society
Now here I offer 2 possible solutions to that problem:
Why couldnt we build some insanely large concrete and lead bunkers on the moon, and simply ship it up there and drop it off? That addresses a host of
our problems that we have right now, and I am sure someone will jump out with negative reasons, but I bet we could collectively figure out any
negative issues that may arise. Look at what that one solution could provide (just a list off the top of my head):
-immediate jobs for a slumping economy
-a new boom industry for waste disposal
-continuing positive growth in technology to solve problems such as more efficient space travel, and keeping on top of the aeronautical industry
-spread the use of nuclear energy to address growing world energy crisis
-start the process of terraforming the moon, leading to mars, and expanding from there
-getting some use out of a close terrestrial body
-implementing better and safer methods of space travel due to containment of radioactive waste
-reason to continue space program for indefinite future and most likely make the space agency more of a factor
-find other resources to use while we are on the moon, such as bringing back Helium-3, making He-3 cheaper
-jobs in creating new nuclear facilities extending all the way down to simple concrete workers
-creating new, safer, natural disaster resistant reactors (fukushima?)
-starts the much needed ignition to actually putting humans to working and living in space environments
-nearby in cosmic terms
-address population issue by increasing cheap and efficient energy
-address economy issues by providing cheap energy, cheaper cost to make products, etc
-waste off planet in case of catastrophic natural disaster (possible asteroid strike not quite ELE, but destructive enough to release stored nuclear
waste here on earth)
-less reliance on burning fossil fuels for energy
and thats just after a couple minutes of me thinking on this, imagine schools and universities addressing this?
Think about how we could immediately reignite our space program and actually make it relevant. Think about how we could actually start the process of
terraforming another celestial body and ensuring the survival of our species, at first we would just be building temporary places to monitor and work
from on the moon, expanding out to semi-permanent bases for long term work, eventually reaching a point where we could have permanent artificial
habitats, then move out even further to other planets using a similar process. Think about how much would be involved in transporting all the
materials needed and the jobs that would create. Think about the jobs needed to make the shuttles, the habitat structures, the holding cells for the
waste, etc. Think about the improvement in technology based around our need for cheaper and safer space travel. Think about nuclear energy becoming
relatively cheap to produce since you can use more safely without fear of contamination from nuclear waste. Think about what cheaper energy would
create for us, cheaper food, cheaper operational costs (possibly able to increase our work wages, or overall quality of life), cheaper transportation.
Think about this sparking the need for safer more protected reactors (no more Fukushimas!) Think about the jobs created to man more reactors, to make
more reactors, and think of the boom it could create for waste disposal.
I know some people will think of negative things to say about this, but we are by far smart enough to work around those. Heck we could even just send
our waste directly into 'hot' celestial bodies like Mercury or the Sun and vaporize it on impact. Shoot we could load up storage ships in the upper
atmosphere and just launch them off full of plastic, nuclear waste, batteries, etc to completely vaporize the garbage. This option is just as viable
and productive as the moon storage idea, except without starting a much needed colonization effort. Thats my favorite part about using the moon,
although just shooting off on a crash course seems safer and less dangerous to earth.
What say you ATS?
edit on 15-6-2012 by phishfriar47 because: (no reason given)