Chavez says capitalism may have ended life on Mars

CARACAS Tue Mar 22, 2011 3:44pm EDT

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaks during a meeting with representatives of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas March 4, 2011. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaks during a meeting with representatives of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas March 4, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Miraflores Palace/Handout

CARACAS (Reuters) - Capitalism may be to blame for the lack of life on the planet Mars, Venezuela's socialist President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday.

"I have always said, heard, that it would not be strange that there had been civilization on Mars, but maybe capitalism arrived there, imperialism arrived and finished off the planet," Chavez said in speech to mark World Water Day.

Chavez, who also holds capitalism responsible for many of the world's problems, warned that water supplies on Earth were drying up.

"Careful! Here on planet Earth where hundreds of years ago or less there were great forests, now there are deserts. Where there were rivers, there are deserts," Chavez said, sipping from a glass of water.

He added that the West's attacks on Libya were about water and oil reserves.

Earlier this month, the U.S. National Research Council recommended that NASA's top priority should be a robot to help determine whether Mars ever supported life and offer insight on its geological and climatic history.

It would also be the first step in an effort to get samples from Mars back to Earth.

A NASA team recently tested a space suit in a setting with extreme conditions akin to some of those found on Mars -- an Argentine base in Antarctica -- for possible use on a visit to the Red Planet.

(Writing by Frank Jack Daniel; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

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Comments (102)
USAPragmatist wrote:
LOL, this article is about as funny as the one about Republicans criticizing Obama over Libya intervention.

Maybe Chavez and Qaddafi should get in a space ship and colonize Mars.

Does anyone else find it funny that Reuters added the last 3 paragraphs about actual science about Mars to this article?

Mar 22, 2011 4:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Adam_S wrote:
He’ll be here all week, folks!

Don’t forget to tip your server!

Mar 22, 2011 4:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Jacobbbb wrote:
Come on, Reuters, seriously. Where is your sense of humor? Chavez is clearly joking, while your headline suggests that he’s being serious.

Mar 22, 2011 4:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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