Today, instead of a new post, I'll refer you to my recent article on the Baen Books website in which I describe how we can use space technology to help solve the very real energy and environmental problems we face here on Earth. The subtitle, "Why Space Advocates and Environmentalists Should Work Together" should be a wake up call to those who believe that high tech space development is somehow not compatible with being a good steward of planet Earth. On the contrary - the two are not only synergistic, they are intertwined. I firmly believe that in order to protect and preserve our home planet we have to embrace space development -- sooner, rather than later.
Read on... http://www.baen.com/Using_Outer_Space.asp