[ExI] Moon Treaty

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Tue Apr 14 00:13:31 UTC 2020

Now that the capability is actually becoming possible, people look and
think they see an absence of established law - precisely because no one has
been engaging in the activity.

If there is desire to further concrete that we can legally mine the Moon,
effective effort would be spent actually mining the Moon (and doing the
engineering things necessary to do so), not just pounding the law further.

On Mon, Apr 13, 2020 at 4:19 PM Keith Henson via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> 40 years ago I was head of the L5 Society committee that defeated the
> Moon Treaty.  What our lawyer did was to get every member of the
> Senate Foreign Relations Committee to sign letters to the Secretary of
> State saying what a bad idea the Moon Treaty was.
> A couple of hours ago, this showed up in my email.
> BREAKING NEWS: The Trump administration has just repudiated the Moon
> Treaty. The Executive Order of
> April 6 states that "The Secretary of State shall object to any
> attempt by any other state or international organization to treat the
> Moon Agreement as reflecting or otherwise expressing customary
> international law." In doing so, the administration has chosen the
> path of dominance over the
> path of cooperation. As VP Pence stated in 2018, "Space is a
> warfighting domain. It is not enough to have an American presence in
> space. We must have American dominance in space. Full order at
> https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/
> executive-order-encouraging-international-support-recovery-use-space-resources/.
> If by some chance you want to see what Arel and I wrote about the
> treaty in 1982, it's here:
> https://www.unz.com/print/Reason-1982aug-00033
> It's very strange to have this ancient episode still banging about.
> Keith
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