Best Quotes by Robert Zubrin

People make their own fates, and if enough of us make our fate to be space explorers, perhaps we can actually get some space exploration done.

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Before agriculture was invented, land was not a resource. Before oil drilling and nuclear fission were invented, petroleum and uranium were not resources.

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Global warming would increase the rate of evaporation from the oceans. This would increase rainfall worldwide. In addition, global warming would lengthen the growing season, thereby increasing still further the bounty of both agriculture and nature.

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I don’t think we should have to do a Mars mission on the basis of hysteria. I think we should do a Mars mission on the basis of a deliberate judgment that what we want to do is open up a new planet for humanity… that we are continuing to be a nation of pioneers.

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There are many elements needed to secure economic growth. Certainly, people must be politically free to innovate, invest, build, and create things, and they must be incentivized to do so by knowing they can keep the rewards for their efforts.

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Trillions of dollars in out-of-control entitlement spending cannot be remedied by cuts in NASA, or even in the entire discretionary budget, defense included. Rather, the financial bleeding needs to be staunched where the hole is and nowhere else.

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In the wake of the disaster caused by Tropical Storm Sandy, various allies of the Obama campaign have rushed to claim that the event was caused by anthropogenic global warming, thereby justifying the president’s program of crushing the economy with regressive carbon taxes, a supposedly necessary measure to prevent future bad weather.

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The U.S. trade embargo on Cuba is almost completely ineffective, as many other countries, including the European Union, do not honor it.

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Science is not a collection of facts; it is a process of discovery.

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The United States has the largest and best navy in the world.

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The United States has the largest and best navy in the world.

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The No. 1 purpose of the federal government is national defense.

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Starting as a few bands of hunter-gatherers, humanity expanded the food resources afforded by the land a thousandfold through the development of agriculture.

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In the courtroom of science, if you have the facts on your side, you don’t need a gun – and juries would be well advised to distrust the case of those parties who choose to use weapons to silence adversarial witnesses.

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I think that when humans get around to exploring and building cities and towns on Mars, it will be viewed as one of the great times of humanity, a time when people set foot on another world and had the freedom to make their own world.

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Without Ukraine, Dugin’s fascist Eurasian Union project is impossible, and sooner or later, Russia itself will have to join the West and become free, leaving only a few despised and doomed islands of tyranny around the globe.

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The Soviet Union used the exploitation of workers under capitalism as an agitational issue to subvert Western democracies even as it practiced slave labor at home.

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The problem with Russia is not corruption per se, or even Putin per se. Russian government is not corrupt because Vladimir Putin has absolute power. Russian government has been corrupt and will always be as long as anyone has absolute power.

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We need to drastically reduce the importance of the petroleum game itself by enacting flex-fuel-vehicle legislation that will open the transportation market to fuels derived from non-petroleum sources.

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The space program needs a goal, and the goal should be humans to Mars.

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As I explain at some length in my book ‘Energy Victory,’ during World War II, the American strength in oil production was a decisive advantage for the Allies. Airplanes, ships, and tanks all ran on oil, and we controlled the supply.

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The Earth is not endangered by humanity. But humanity is being seriously threatened by those who follow the guides of the WWF.

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Prosperous communities are much better able to survive hurricanes or other natural disasters because they have greater resources, both public and private, to fall back upon.

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The Yanukovych regime is a mafia, which regularly threatens, imprisons, murders, or disappears political opponents as well as those whose possessions it covets.

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The 20th century saw three great-power confrontations. Two of them turned into total war. We lucked out on the third. Do we really want to roll those dice again?

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The pro-American policy is the one that forces oil prices down. The way to do this is to flood the world market with liquid fuel from every source possible.

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In the 1940s, the petroleum business was an American game, and it was enormously to our advantage that the world ran on oil.

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I run a small company with 18 employees on its payroll.

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The NASA humans-to-Mars program is all sizzle and no steak.

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You can’t ‘control’ a Mars mission from Earth. The Mars mission is going to have to be controlled by the people on Mars… There is just too much involved that is out of sight of Earth.

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We have never been in danger of running out of resources, but we have encountered considerable dangers from people who say we are running out of resources and who say that human activities need to be constrained.

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Just think how much poorer we would be today if the world would have had half as many people in the 19th century as it actually did. You can get rid of Thomas Edison or Louis Pasteur; take your pick.

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In the 1960s, reaching for the moon meant just that. It was a metaphor for attempting the impossible, and we attempted it, and we did it. And it inspired millions of people in every way. The number of science graduates in this country doubled in the 1960s at every level – high school, college, Ph.D.

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I grew up in the 1960s and wanted to become part of the great space exploration effort, but when I graduated from college in 1974, the Apollo program was over, and the country had moved into this pessimistic mode. We had entered the ‘age of limits.’

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The facts of the fossil record never justified denying poor people a healthy diet. The facts of the weather record do not justify denying poor people affordable energy. And no set of facts, whatever they may be, can justify denying scientists – or anyone else, for that matter – the right to free speech.

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Can we achieve 140 mpg fuel economy? You bet. Just get the bureaucrats out of the way, and Yankee ingenuity will do the rest.

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Federal lawmakers need to change the rules so that vehicles converted to use new fuels can be put on the road; the only restriction should be that they pass the same standard state tests that all other cars do.

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In their efforts to discredit human freedom, the Putinites denounce the sins that may occur under the reign of liberty with the same ardor, the same sincerity, and the same purpose that animated their Soviet forebears.

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Europe certainly needs a genuine conservative movement to combat the creeping bureaucratic collectivism that is stifling the human potential of the Continent.

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Every dollar added to the price of oil weakens America and strengthens her enemies.

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Every dollar cut from the price of oil weakens the enemies of freedom and strengthens America.

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The anti-American policy is the one that keeps oil prices up. The way to do that is to help OPEC limit the amount of liquid fuel available.

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In August 1994, I was invited to have dinner with House Minority Whip Newt Gingrich. At that time, I was a senior engineer working for Martin Marietta Astronautics in Denver, where I had been responsible for inventing a new plan called ‘Mars Direct.’

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When people have their own money at stake, it’s a lot easier to find and settle on practical, no-nonsense solutions to engineering problems than is ever the case in the complex and endless deliberations of a government bureaucracy.

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Would offering the Mars Prize damage NASA? I don’t think so.

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The American people want and deserve a space program truly worthy of a nation of pioneers.

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The U.S. federal government may be going broke, but it’s not because of NASA.

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Ideas have consequences.

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Mars is key to humanity’s future in space. It is the closest planet that has all the resources needed to support life and technological civilization. Its complexity uniquely demands the skills of human explorers, who will pave the way for human settlers.

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The problem is that the automobile companies are not independent entities capable of pursuing their own interests. Rather, they are owned and controlled by organizations that are much more heavily invested in oil.

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The largest automobile company in the world is Volkswagen. Who owns it? The answer is the government of Qatar.

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If the auto companies were free agents, they would act to break the fuel monopoly that is so damaging to their own interests and those of their customers. But they are not, and so they won’t.

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Despite being bailed out – in some cases repeatedly – by the public purse, the automakers have shown little public spirit.

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