DailyDirt: Unobtainium Will Save Us!

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Some folks are worried about Peak Oil. Others are worried about "Peak Helium" when most of the Earth's resources of the lightweight element have vanished into space. There are also all kinds of metals that are getting harder and harder to find. Where will we be able to replenish precious, finite materials? Duh, just go get some from other celestial bodies. You only need to be a billionaire with a few other billionaire friends to start this project. Estimated time for completion: 10 years in the future. By the way, StumbleUpon can also recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.

Filed Under: asteroids, gold, mining, moon, platinum, precious metals, space exploration, space law, water
Companies: astrobotic technology, nasa, planetary resources

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    A Guy (profile), 1 May 2012 @ 10:30am

    Re: Why Are Power Lines Not Made Of Silver?

    "The point is, we adapt to whatís available. If something gets scarce, its price goes up, and other alternatives become more economically attractive. The world will not suddenly run out of oil one day; its price will have pushed us onto alternatives long before then."

    No, the point is we can either plan for a smooth transition to alternate technologies, or have a very rough "adaptation period" where lots of people die.

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