Repeal "Protection of Outer Space Act"

The World Assembly,

Applauding efforts to reduce the number of hazardous objects in the orbit of celestial bodies which either do support or may support life,

Understanding, however, that “Protection of Outer Space Act,”(GA#63) contains a number of flaws in its text including, but not limited to:

  • Treating outer space as an “environment” to be “polluted,” rather than protecting habitats from space borne debris,

  • Failing to account for the fact that problems during recycling may be “unnecessary” while also being unintentional and unavoidable,

  • Requiring recycling efforts to use methods that are “least likely to cause unnecessary risk” without expanding upon what unnecessary risks it is meant to reduce,

  • Urging nations to “remain outside of Outer Space until their crafts and crew are compliant with its(COSC’s) standards” without any regard for the fact that development of such technologies is often achieved during the early stages of space exploration,

  • Restricting protections to planets that contain nations only, rather than those containing life or life supporting environments,

  • Defining the term “outer space” in such a way as to include the space occupied by orbital habitats(while not necessarily protecting their surrounding area from space borne debris) and preventing any future resolution on that topic,

  • Further defining the term “outer space” in such a way as to require the “Coordination of Space Consortium(COSC)” to be responsible for most of the observable universe(or approximately 4.077 times 10 to the 32nd power, cubic light-years of space),

Believing that, while the immediate area surrounding habitats and heavily traveled routes deserve some protection, it is lunacy to attempt protection of all of space and ultimately unneeded,

Hereby repeals “Protection of Outer Space Act”(GA#63).

More info here: NationStates • View topic - [Passed] Repeal "Outer Space Protection Act"

This resolution is now up for vote.

Bai Lung will vote FOR.

Repeal “Protection of Outer Space Act” was passed 10,895 votes to 1,491.