One of the First Things Bezos Says After Returning From Space: Humanity Should Pollute It | Common Dreams News

Just minutes after touching down following his successful and brief suborbital flight on Tuesday, billionaire Jeff Bezos expressed hope that humankind will ultimately develop the capacity to move the industries that have heavily polluted and warmed the Earth into space—a vision that one critic slammed as “delusional, toxic nonsense.”

As The Guardian reported Monday, the space tourism industry that Bezos hopes to usher in could have significant negative consequences for Earth’s climate—an impact that would run counter to the billionaire’s soaring rhetoric about the need to protect the planet.”

One rocket launch produces up to 300 tons of carbon dioxide into the upper atmosphere, where it can remain for years,” 

The Guardian noted.In an analysis of research on space launch emissions, Jessica Dallas of the New Zealand Space Agency wrote that “while there are a number of environmental impacts resulting from the launch of space vehicles, the depletion of stratospheric ozone is the most studied and most immediately concerning.”

Progressive observers viewed Bezos’ foray into space—which came just a week after billionaire Richard Branson’s similar venture—as an obscene product of a system that has allowed a select few to accumulate vast wealth while people across the globe struggle to survive without adequate food, medicine, and shelter.

One of the First Things Bezos Says After Returning From Space: Humanity Should Pollute It | Common Dreams News