Sunday, June 29, 2008


In 1961 John Kennedy announced: "We will go to the moon." Eight years later, we DID go to the moon, because during those years a great deal of money and effort were devoted to this purpose.

(1) What per cent of GNP was spent per year for the Space Initiative in that period?

(2) What per cent of GNP is being spent during 2008 to develop an energy source that does not involve folssil fuels and does not cause environmental damage, either in its production or in its use?

By comparing the answers to (1) and (2) we see that a very small amount is being spent in our present program. The reason is that the oil companies pay large sums in "campaign contributions" to certain members of Congress, in return for those legislators making sure that the amount of money spent will be too small to accomplish anything, and thus guarantee at least another 100 years of high profits for the oil companies.