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I would like to see the US get there first. We were first to the moon and overtook Sputnik. Mining the ocean would be much easier than mining asteroids. We have no need to sign treaties like LOST which are contrary to our national self interest. The US does more for the UN than we get in return. We have more Pacific shoreline than China and are entitled to it. We liberated the Marianas from the Japanese while Japan was making slaves out of the Chinese. Now which dolphin hugger wants to argue with me? This can be done cleanly and at a profit if carefully planned. I agree that bottom based manned rigs are safer than surface rigs. The new Chinese are correct. Look what happened with the deepwater horizon. Those 11 men's bodies are not coming back.
Posted by Arctic Char