Trump’s order encourages the United States to exploit the moon | US news


The world may be shaken by the coronavirus, but Donald Trump also has less earthly concerns in mind, after signing an executive order encouraging the United States to exploit the moon to find minerals.

The decree makes clear that the United States does not view space as a “global common good,” paving the way for the exploitation of the moon without any sort of international treaty.

“Americans should have the right to engage in commercial exploration, recovery and use of space resources,” said the order, noting that the United States had never signed a 1979 known as the Treaty of the Moon. This agreement stipulates that all activity in space must comply with international law. In 2015, the United States Congress passed a law explicitly authorizing American companies to use the resources of the moon and asteroids.

According to Trump’s decree, the United States will oppose any attempt to use international law to hinder its efforts to remove pieces of the moon or, if the opportunity arises, further mining from Mars and “d ‘other celestial bodies’.


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