Resolved: The United States Government Should Colonize Mars By 2033.
You'll have to forgive me for such short arguments due to the character limit restriction.
For this round I shall first address my opponent's points and then move on to my own.
My opponent's case is just a big block of text, so I will attempt to refute what I believe is the most important points he makes and then refute them.
My opponent first attacks the astronauts saying that they will be weightless and face problems. This is quite true, but we have astronauts willing to do this and ready to do this. Right now, there are over 400 astronauts willing to go through the impossible in space and face even death in order to be the first to colonize Mars . These Astronauts do not care about these issues as they are putting their safety aside for the betterment of their nation.
If Earth dies, we would have Mars as a safety net. Just because Earth dies doesn't mean Mars does. Sure we could be spending the $80-100 billion on something else, but we have to see that we would be getting $167 quadrtillion in platanum which offsets costs and it can solve for Con's issues by helping other domestic issue once the payload is returned. By Con's own logic, we can see going to Mars is better than not. My opponent keeps bringing up the 'what if' Mars fails. NASA, JAXA, ERS, Space-X and several other space companies/agencies have been working on these plans and have done so before. Before the plan launches, they will be sure it will be fool proof.
I have already stated that the US is falling behind in STEM, but STEM is quite important when it comes to jobs and innovation and with the US constantly losing ground, the US is doomed. STEM has to deal with US world hegemony and weakening it will lead to Chinese rise to power. A loss in US hegemony, which is, in this case, linked to Technological advantage, will result in the US falling behind in the cyber and tech arms race resulting in a US-Sino War . The reason China's causalties are higher, outside it was the projections given by my source, is due to their military ground game is similiar to Russia's where they send waves and waves of men to see if they can win. This also accounts for, if the US fights in China, that the Chinese population dencity is extremely high.
Have Technology now
I have already addressed this in my refutation of my opponent's arguments.
Rare Earth Metals
We are not going to bankrupt China, but to get off of Chinese REM-dependency. Even if it does fail, we have to do cost-benefit analysis, we can sacrafice $100 billion and get nearly $167 quadrillion in platanum alone, this doesn't even account for all the other REMs on Mars. The cost is completely offset by teh benefits that come out of this plan.
The free market will work its way out and people and/or businesses will purchases these metals. I do not see why people wouldn't buy it since they are seeing it as a favor. That makes no sense since if you need something, you need to buy it no matter who it's from. The whole Chinese numbers was from my source. I don't have to explain all of this to you and if you want to do this then we can do an AOW debate later. It will be millions and millions of years before the sun swells enough to engulf Earth and Mars. I'm reffering to the nuclear holocaust that would result out of a war between US and China, which my opponent has dropped, as it would happen well before the sun expanded to massive purpostions. My opponent lists two examples, but if his logic was true then we should abandon the space program all together, but we have sent many probes into space since then and many people to the ISS and they have made it there and back just fine. Thus negating my opponents arguments.
With that I thank you and urge you to vote Pro!
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