American private industry is making exciting leaps in technology that could change the world.
But Democrats want policies that would crush innovation.
A top Democrat is pushing an awful new tax that will blow your mind.
Last year the American government spent $1.6 Billion on NASA.
For the last 70 years, the American government has put a great deal of taxpayer resources into space exploration.
Yet Democrats have a problem with the budding private industry jump into space travel.
Just days after Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos launched successful tourism flights to space, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has already proposed a tax on private space travel.
The Securing Protections Against Carbon Emissions (SPACE) Tax Act would create a new tax on commercial space flights carrying human passengers, that are not for the purpose of scientific research.
Blumenauer claimed that space tourism would be a “tax-free holiday for the wealthy.”
As a press release from the lawmaker’s office explains:
“As this budding space tourism industry takes shape, Blumenauer is particularly concerned about the environmental impact of sending humans into space, particularly when there is no scientific value associated with the launch. The number of trips to space are expected to increase, with Virgin Galactic planning to eventually launch a shuttle of passengers into space, on average, every 32 hours.”
The press release noted that while transatlantic produce a similar carbon footprint on per-passenger emissions would be higher.
“Just as normal Americans pay taxes when they buy airline tickets, billionaires who fly into space to produce nothing of scientific value should do the same, and then some,” Blumenauer explained in the release. “I’m not opposed to this type of space innovation. However, things that are done purely for tourism or entertainment, and that don’t have a scientific purpose, should in turn support the public good.”
However easy space travel has far reaching implications beyond tourism.
There is the potential to get resources from space and even setting up manufacturing in space.
Resources that are rare on earth such as helium-3, could be brought back to earth and provide another form of energy other than fossil fuels.
Billionaires aren’t investigating such huge amounts into space travel just because they want a tax-free vacation.
Jeff Bezos offered to close NASA’s $2 billion just to be able to help with the Artemis lunar program.
Bezos was upset that NASA chose SpaceX, which was founded by Elon Musk, as the sole recipient of a $2.89 billion contract to take a crewed vessel to the moon in April.
Bezos claimed that giving the contract to SpaceX “broke the mold of NASA’s successful commercial space programs by putting an end to meaningful competition for years to come.”
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