Newt promises Lunar Golf Course

Former speaker Newt Gingrich says he took up golf after leaving the House of Representatives in 1999

Efforts are underway by some private firms to develop the moon. Among the corporations that have launched studies are two large Japanese companies, Shimizu Construction and Nishimatsu Construction. Shimizu has been studying plans for lunar tennis courts and golf courses, while Nishimatsu has proposed building a 10-story-high resort.

Two other non-profit entities are also advocating lunar development. The Moon Society, an organization of astronomers, computer programmers and scientists, is pushing for “larger-scale industrialization and private enterprise” on the moon, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Universal Lunarian Society wants to build the city of Lunaria on the moon. The society has been recording claim deeds on the lunar surface since 1989. Five years ago, it began offering sites in the lunar crater of Copernicus for $50 an acre.

Among those opposing development on the moon is Rick Steiner, a fisheries professor at the University of Alaska. Steiner has proposed that the United Nations designate the moon as one of its World Heritage Sites, thus preserving Earth’s only satellite for peaceful and scientific purposes. Steiner presented his proposal at the International Space Development Conference, in Denver, in late-May 2002. Before the conference, Steiner told the Wall Street Journal, “The bottom line here is: Let’s go and explore our universe, but let’s not go as Genghis Khan. Let’s go as Mother Teresa.”

Not so surprisingly, given the diminishing land availability on Earth, many conference attendees favor developing the moon. The pro-development “moonies” also question how Steiner can invoke United Nations’ protection measures of the moon, when the 1973 World Heritage Convention signed by the U.S. and other countries specifically calls for protecting sites on Earth. Others are less disdainful of Steiner’s purist approach, saying that such worthy projects as a solar-power plant could help fuel earthly activities while helping the environment on the home planet.

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