Update: The Moon colony is now part of the Republican debate!

I woke up today to realize that Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney fought over the existence of a lunar colony on the December 10th debate. This is the best policy issue, and by far the weirdest thing I have seen in national politics. In the midst of real economic issues, we are talking about lunar colonies. I can’t find a video about it (yet), but here is the article where Gingrich and Romney’s sparring is highlighted.

Let’s look at the highlights:

Romney: We could start with his idea to have a lunar colony that would mine minerals from the moon. I’m not in favor of spending that kind of money to do that.

Newt: I’m happy to defend the idea that America should be in space and should be there in an aggressive, entrepreneurial way.

Mr. Gingrich, there is already a private initiative to go into space. This is CMU’s rover lander, which was rated one of the top ten innovations by Popular Science in 2011. While “Moon 2: Republican Space Race” is just a weird concept with very catchy name, entrepreneurial efforts to continue the space program is very real. I would like to see Republicans actually support one area of science. If they’re going to deny global warming and evolution, they can’t hate the moon. The moon is like America’s only colony, right?

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