Can a person/business sell something that does not belong to them?
I know scams like selling the Brooklyn Bridge or selling Florida land by the gallon….and since Americans elected a con man as president then his newest scam is a monumental one……he wants to sell the Moon…..not tracts but the whole damn planetoid.
When astronaut Neil Armstrong landed on the Moon in 1969, it was seen as an idealistic leap into the cosmos – a “giant leap for mankind”.
Earlier this month, the real estate developer who improbably became US President legally declared that he sees the Moon in far less elevated terms. He signed an executive order authorising private, commercial uses of the Moon and other “off-Earth” “resources” like Mars and meteors.
Heavenly bodies are now seen as underleveraged assets meant to generate profits.
Trump is drafting the plan called the Artemis Accord……
The Trump administration is reportedly working on an international agreement that would lay out ground rules for moon bases and lunar mining. The Artemis Accords, named for NASA’s new Artemis moon program, proposes having “safety zones” around a country’s moon base. “The idea is if you are going to be coming near someone’s operations … then you need to reach out to them in advance,” a source tells Reuters. The outlet notes a base can’t be claimed as sovereign territory, as the 1967 Outer Space Treaty states celestial bodies are “not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means.” But the goal here is coordination so as to prevent interference between rival operations, a source says. These bases will be hugely important when it comes to mined resources.
While Trump has signed an executive order allowing the US to claim resources it mines in space, per Fox News, this agreement lays out international rules for doing so, according to sources. Rather than enter the lengthy United Nations treaty process, which would involve working with countries with no interest in space, the US is seeking an agreement with “like-minded nations,” a senior administration official tells Reuters. Negotiations with Canada, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, and European countries are expected in the coming weeks. It looks like Russia is to be excluded after launching a missile system believed to be able to destroy satellites in low Earth orbit, reports Newsweek. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said Tuesday that participation hinged on adhering to “norms of behavior that we expect” in space.
Is this just another con by Trump Enterprises?
Not to mention that treaty that the US signed back in the day…..
Don’t solely blame Trump….his nemesis Obama also signed unto this when he was president…..
European specialists in space law on Dec. 4 said the recently enacted U.S. Commercial Space Act may contravene international treaties and will inevitably stir up a hornet’s nest of opposition.
The law confers on U.S. citizens the right to engage in commercial exploitation of outer space minerals, a right that might be viewed as violating the United Nations Outer Space Treaty of 1967, which says in part: “Outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means.”
It is a violation of the Treaty…no matter how flowered you want to talk about it….it violates the Outer Space Treaty of 1967.
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