Under our current system we treat nature as if it is a subset of our economy, we assume that we can continue to extract natural resources from the Earth, transform those resources into usable goods and return them back to the Earth in a toxic form. The reality is there are limits to this form of commerce,resources on this planet are finite, ultimately we will use up all the gold,silver, coltan, and iorn ore the Earth has to offer. However the mineral resources in space are vastly greater than those available on Earth. According to Peter Diamandis “There are twenty-trillion-dollar checks up there, waiting to be cashed. The things we fight wars over, such as metals, minerals and real estate, exist in infinite quantities in space.” He believes that the first trillionaires will make their fortunes in space.