Canada proposes new global treaty to control mining in space


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The globalists at the UN fight back! A Canada-led effort, endorsed by more than 140 academics, politicians, and diplomats, has proposed that the UN and international community create a new treaty to control mining in space.

Signatories to the request for the UN to intervene believe space must be regulated internationally – similarly to Antarctica or the world’s seabeds – and all countries, including non-space-faring ones, get a say in decision-making. The alternative, they warn, could be a splintered approach where companies conduct flag-of-convenience resource extraction in space under whichever country has the least onerous rules. [emphasis mine]

The Trump administration has made it clear that it wants the ability to establish U.S. law on its space operations, both in spacecraft and on its future bases on the Moon and elsewhere, an ability that the Outer Space Treaty forbids. To get around the treaty, the administration has created what it calls the Artemis Accords. The accords require that any nation that wishes to partner in the American-led Artemis program to explore and colonize the Moon must agree to support the establishment of private enterprise and ownership, with the laws of each nation applied to its own operations. To do this the Trump administration is negotiating individual bi-lateral agreements with its Artemis partners.

In essence, the U.S. is using the strategy of dividing and conquering to overcome the Outer Space Treaty’s restrictions.

Canada’s effort is designed to counter the U.S. approach, which is a strong sign that the Trump effort is working. I suspect the battle-lines are now being drawn between China and the many nations that are not operating in space (note the highlighted text), and the U.S. and those space-faring capitalistic nations that wish to partner with it, such as India and the European Space Agency. In fact, Japan and the U.S. today announced continuing negotiations leading to an agreement endorsing their partnership in Artemis, including the Artemis Accords.

Where Russia stands in this battle remains uncertain. They desperately need to partner with someone in the new effort to get to the Moon, since they no longer have the economic resources to do it themselves. The U.S. has made it clear they could join Artemis, but the Putin government opposes the Artemis Accords, preferring that the international community (meaning governments such as them) retain ownership over space resources. They have begun negotiations to partner with China, but it is unclear how much China wishes to partner with anyone.

Regardless, it would be terrible blow to freedom and private enterprise for the U.S. to agree to this Canadian-led effort. Should that approach win, it would make provide ownership and capitalism in space impossible. All power and control will devolve to the global international community, which will then dictate that nothing can happen but what it wants. For example, all the many nations incapable of doing anything in space will want a piece of the action from those nations and companies that are capable, and the result will be that no one will do anything because it simply will not be profitable. Space will simply become another failed communist state, dying before it even becomes born.

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6 comments

  • Dick Eagleson

    The Trump administration needs to make it crystal-clear to Mr. Trudeau that proceeding with this farce will result in Canada being dropped as a partner in Gateway and Artemis.

  • sippin_bourbon

    “Signatories to the request for the UN to intervene believe space must be regulated internationally – similarly to Antarctica or the world’s seabeds – and all countries, including non-space-faring ones, get a say in decision-making.”

    How about.. No.

  • Spectrum Shift

    I saw the move Star Trek, The Wrath of Kahn” when it played in theater. There is a scene, so brief, that caused a patron in the audience to yell out “Damn, dare be rats in space”. No way the US should accept UN oversight on the resources of space. To rephrase “Damn, dare might be socialism in space”!

  • Carson Hirner

    I’m a Canadian and I say to this effort: “Hell no!”. That blackface wearing silver spoon baffoon Trudeau can’t help but kiss any globalist totalitarian butt that he can find. The UN? You mean, the dictators of the world? They can build their own access to space.

  • Carson Hirner: I do not allow obscenities on Behind the Black, even minor changes to politicians names to imply excrement. I have revised your post. Such things are childish and do nothing to convince anyone of your point of view. Please refrain.

    Also, consider this a warning. The next time I will suspend you for a week.

  • LocalFluff

    So some Canadian said something and everyone space extrapolates it appropriately. Or not.
    (I just hope that “Canadian” isn’t a bad word here, yet)

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